This lesson resource is two part.
1. Identifying Themes Worksheet & Key
This lesson is intended to be taught as a two part lesson. The first worksheet provides a definition of theme, 5 themes found within Jack London’s “To Build a Fire”, and 15 quotes from the text. It is recommended that the teacher model 5 or more questions with the whole class. Begin by reading Jack London’s “To Build a Fire”. Define theme. Go through the tasks for each question and break it down step by step. The following are the directions for the tasks:
* “To Build a Fire” conveys several themes, identified below. Complete the following tasks.
* Identify which theme each of the following quotes illustrates. (See key).
* Underline words and phrases that illustrate the theme. (The words and phrases are underlined in the key).
* Explain how the quote conveys the chosen theme. (Model responses provided within the key).
After modeling a number of problems (I recommend 5 for higher level classes and 10 for lower level classes), have students try completing a number of questions on their own. Review the answers before the end of the period.
2. Quiz or Homework Worksheet & Key
Assign the Review as a quiz or homework. There are nine questions on this worksheet. They are similar to those on the lesson.
Analyze specific quotes from the text
Draw inferences from the information provided to determine the theme of each selection
Identify details within the text selection that present or indicate the theme
Common Core Standards:
RL9-10.2 Determine theme of a text and analyze its development. Summarize key supporting details and ideas.
W9-10.4 Produce clear and coherent writing appropriate to the task.
W9-10.9 Draw evidence from literary texts to support analysis
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