Craft And Structure - Analyzing Theme Development

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Working with theme can be so challenging! My students really struggled when they were asked to determine how an author used craft and structure to contribute to the development of a story’s theme. Their ability to do so really improved once we began working with the activities and resources included in the Craft and Structure - Analyzing Theme Development resource. As they completed the activities included, they learned that you can change a story’s theme from “stealing can solve your problems” to “overcoming evil can solve your problems” by adding just one minor event to the story’s structure.

Considering the focus question, “Is Jack Really A Hero?” students compare two different versions of the story “Jack and The Beanstalk” (PDF story links provided) as they complete a Theme Analysis Worksheet for each. As they complete these graphic organizers they will analyze:

√ conflict

√ resolution

√ events

√ plot type

√ character arcs

√ character motivation

√ theme

Doing so will allow them to see the impact one minor event can have on a story’s plot, characters and theme. Once you’ve completed all of these activities, you can continue to provide your students with practice using the Theme Analysis Worksheet with any text that you choose!

This resource includes:

  • Theme analysis activities
  • Theme Analysis Reference Charts
  • ACED short response planning and response pages
  • Extended response planning and response pages
  • Creative response planning and response pages
  • Teacher Planning Pages
  • Sample Answers
  • Rubrics

** Student work pages are provided in both print and digital formats. You can easily assign these activities using either NO-Prep printables, Google® Slides or PowerPoint.**

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.
Explain how a series of chapters, scenes, or stanzas fits together to provide the overall structure of a particular story, drama, or poem.
Compare and contrast stories in the same genre (e.g., mysteries and adventure stories) on their approaches to similar themes and topics.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
Analyze how a particular sentence, chapter, scene, or stanza fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the theme, setting, or plot.


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