I use this web with each short story, poem, and novel that we read in class. Finding a theme is a difficult process that requires various levels of thinking. This web helps them organize and see all of their thoughts so that they are better able to think through the process of finding a theme.
How to use it:
1. First brainstorm a list of motifs (things repeated through the story).
2. Pick one motif to use for the web.
3. Complete the web together as a class.
4. Then they are ready to choose another motif and web in groups or independently.