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Themes in Written Works - Chapter Summary
Discover how the themes and subjects of famous stories, poems, narratives and fables are developed. This chapter's text and video lessons aim to increase your comprehension of thematic statements and implied main ideas. You'll also get a look at how setting, plot and characters all contribute to a story's overall theme. Once you've checked out the lessons, you should be capable of:
- Providing examples of themes in literature
- Defining literary motifs
- Identifying a story's implied main ideas as well as its central ideas
- Analyzing the steps involved in theme development
Delivered by experienced educators, the animated lessons are brief and accessible via your mobile technology. Watch the online videos in order to learn visually or, if you prefer, listen to their narration or refer to the text transcripts instead. You'll also have the option of printing out worksheets for convenient offline learning. In addition to the videos, you'll find quizzes and links to additional courses underneath the corresponding tabs.
1. What is Theme in Literature? - Definition & Examples
Understanding a story's theme is critical to deciphering an author's message in a particular piece of writing. In this lesson, we will examine the idea of theme and look at some examples in actual literary works.
2. What Are Literary Motifs? - Definition & Examples
In this lesson, you will learn about how writers use themes in works of literature as a way to explore universal ideas like love and war. You will also explore motifs, or repeating objects and ideas, which can contribute to theme.
3. Implied Main Idea: Definition & Examples
What's the point? If you're having trouble answering this question, you might need to learn more about implied main ideas. This lesson gives a definition and examples, along with explanations on how to identify them!
4. How to Find the Theme or Central Idea
In this lesson, you'll learn how to identify the theme or central idea of a text, and you'll get some specific examples of themes from famous stories.
5. Analyzing Theme Development in a Text: Characters, Setting & Plot
Once you can identify the plot, setting, characters, and theme of a story, there's still more to consider. In this lesson, you'll get a sense of how all four of those terms function together to have an effect on the reader.
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Other chapters within the ORELA Middle Grades English Language Arts: Practice & Study Guide course
- Reading Foundations
- Structure, Analysis & Word Meanings in English
- Strategies for Acquiring New Vocabulary in English
- Figures of Speech & Meaning
- Reading and Comprehension Strategies
- Organization of Written Works
- Climax & Plot in Written Works
- Types of Literary Fiction
- Essay Types & Literary Genres
- Significant Authors, Poets & Literary Works
- Points of View in Literature
- Strategies for Reading Informational Texts
- Strategies for Reading Persuasive Texts
- Analyzing & Interpreting Nonfiction
- Analyzing & Interpreting Literary Fiction
- Analyzing & Interpreting Literary Drama
- Analyzing & Interpreting Poetry
- Analyzing & Interpreting Prose
- Noun & Verb Usage in the English Language
- Phrases & Clauses in English
- Types of Sentences in English
- Modifiers in the English Language
- Grammar Conventions in English
- Comma Rules in English
- Spelling Rules in English
- Precision & Clarity in Writing
- Descriptive Writing Basics
- Effective Composition Writing
- The Writing Process
- Research Writing
- Narrative Writing Strategies
- Expository Writing Strategies
- Persuasive Writing Strategies
- Effective Listening Strategies
- Public Speaking Strategies
- Viewing & Presenting Images
- ORELA Middle Grades English Language Arts Flashcards