If you buy Cliff Notes, they'll give you one or two-word themes, like love or hate. But those don't cut it when students must write an essay for a state test or college entrance and build a thesis around a thematic statement.(Hate multiplies hate, but love can conquer all.) This file includes a writing frame with an introductory or thesis paragraph that drives the rest of the essay, starter sentences for body paragraphs, and key elements for a conclusion. To help students complete the frame, this file also includes lists of possible thematic statements and common literary devices authors use to convey their themes. Use the "This shows that .." and "This means that ..." wording to help students develop inferential thinking, but then strike those words once the students have explained the significance of their quotes or textual evidence. If you're looking to prepare your students for literary analysis, these hand-outs will go a long way.
This file includes an essay writing frame for literary theme, a list of possible thematic statements, as well as a list of common literary devices authors use