• Writing Genres: 

     
    *1st Trimester - Narrative  Click here for rubric
    *2nd Trimester - Informative  Click here for rubric
    *3rd Trimester - Argument    Click here for rubric

     

     

     

     

    Click here for : Theme Essay Template

     

    Theme Essay Requirements:

    Paragraph 1 (3-5 sentences):  

    Introduction-hook, 1-2 sentence summary of the book (main idea), state the theme.

    Paragraph 2 (4-5 sentences):  

    Body paragraph-1 example from the book that shows the theme (evidence of the theme) with page numbers and 2 sentences of commentary.

    Paragraph 3 (4-5 sentences):  

    Body paragraph-1 example from the book that shows the theme (evidence of the theme) with page numbers and 2 sentences of commentary.

    Paragraph 4 (4-5 sentences):  OPTIONAL

    Body paragraph-1 example from the book that shows the theme (evidence of the theme) with page numbers and commentary.

    Paragraph 5 (3-5 sentences):  

    Conclusion-restate theme, 2 sentences closing connection (text to self, text to text, text to world). 

     

    Color codes:

    Hook - blue

    Main Idea - green

    Theme - red

    Transitions - purple

    Event from story that shows your theme and page # - orange

    Commentary - black

    Restate theme in conclusion - red

     

     

    THEME is an underlying message or lesson about life that an author is trying to portray through character's actions and changes. Theme is not just one word, like “Friendship” or "Loyalty."  It’s a sentence that states a claim like, “A true friend will always be there for you, even when times get tough.”  As we read the story, you will have a note in Notability that you will be adding quotes or events from the book to.  You will be writing a theme essay at the end, so you will want to gather evidence for your theme as you go.

     

    Stargirl theme ideas:

     Embrace who you are, even if…

    Don’t judge people by…

    Don’t let others influence…..

    It’s okay to change how you think about…

    Have an open mind: you never know…..

     

    Theme

     

    The very beginning of your essay is called the hook because it “hooks” your readers’ attention. The hook should relate to the topic of your essay, but it can take many forms. It can be:

    1. An anecdote (a very short story): Describe an experience you have   
        had that relates to the theme.
    2. A surprising fact: Find a fact that will raise your readers’ eyebrows.
    3. A rhetorical question (a question to which you don’t expect an
        answer): Ask your readers a question that reflects your point of view
        about the theme.
    4. A quote: Find a thought-provoking quote that relates to the topic of your
        essay.

      ***Choose one of the ideas above, or use your own idea.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    *Achieve 3000 - Digital Arts (0 period) 

     

    *New district Language Arts program:  Amplify 

     

    *Whole class novel studies

    *Junior Scholastic Magazine

     

    *Independent reading/book clubs 

     
    *Lucy Calkins Writer's Workshop
     
     
     

     

     

Last Modified on February 15, 2018