Children Stories: Pathways to a Theme

1. Pathways to a Theme

When you have read your chosen story, respond to the following questions:

  1. What is happening in the story? Answer in point form or full sentences.
  • Soldiers came and banned girls from going to school
  • The soldiers came and took Nasreen’s mom and dad.
  • Heard grandmother heard about a secret school
  • They went to it
  • She learned a lot and made a new friend Mina.
  • She was shy before and met a friend who opened up to
  • She learned how to read, write, and to add and subtract
  • While the girls were learning the soldiers knocked on the door and was wondering what they were doing; lucky they didn’t get caught
  1. Identify and describe the conflict in the story.
  • Those girls couldn’t go to school and get the education that they needed
  • They took her mom and dad
  • That she was shy and couldn’t speak her opinion
  1. Brainstorm words or phrases that connect to the class discussion on the human condition.

Human Nature: We always need to be learning new things. Also, she lost her mom and dad and so she became really reserve.

Human Society: It was illegal to go to school for girls; sometimes laws can be unfair.

How we live our lives: We have the opportunity to have education and have lots of doors open for us; others don’t have we don’t realize that usually. Education is a big part of our lives and it can change our lives for the better

  1. What are 2-3 the theme or big idea of the story? Create a theme statement.

-You can create a theme statement by using the formula topic+treatment (+/-) = result. Eg. In Macbeth, one could say that “ambition + too much = destruction”. Therefore the theme statement would be “Too much ambition can lead to destruction

-A theme statement has no absolutes, no cliches, and no conversational language. Eg. “I think its to never judge a book by its cover” is NOT a good theme statement. 

Topic Girls Education + treatment(+/-)  Available  = result  Better quality of life

Theme Statement

If education is available for everyone it creates more opportunities

Topic Laws + treatment(+/-)  Unfair = result Mistreatment

Theme Statement

Unfair laws can create secrecy

  1. Change the theme statements into deep questions. What can be the result of too much ambition? OR Can too much ambition lead to destruction?
  • Is education and understanding the key to peace?
  • Is understanding other people’s perspective the key to move forward as a society?

2. Pathways to a Theme

When you have read your chosen story, respond to the following questions:

  1. What is happening in the story? Answer in point form or full sentences.
  • Lina found a sandal but there’s only one and met the girl with the other one
  • They both wanted to keep the sandals and Feroza grandmother said it was silly to only keep one
  • So they shared the sandals; one day one girl would wear it and the next they would switch
  • They became the greatest friends over a sandals
  • Later one in the story Lina got on a list so her family could go to America but Feroza didn’t get on the list
  • Lina gave Feroza the sandals because she couldn’t go to America with no shoes, but Lina got a pair and gave the sandals to Feroza.
  • Feroza gave Lina one of the sandals as a memory of there friendship

 

2. Identify and describe the conflict in the story.

  • The conflict of the story is that both of them at the start had only one sandal and didn’t want to share at first
  • After the agreement of sharing them, Lina got on a list to go to America and Feroza didn’t
  1. Brainstorm words or phrases that connect to the class discussion on the human condition.

Human Nature: They both thought of themselves first and then thought of each other; and realized it would be better to share

Human Society: In this story again girls couldn’t go to school because there wasn’t enough room in the classrooms ( boys took first priority )

How we live our lives: If we think of others before ourselves selves it will benefit us in the long run.

  1. What are 2-3 the theme or big idea of the story? Create a theme statement.

-You can create a theme statement by using the formula topic+treatment (+/-) = result. Eg. In Macbeth, one could say that “ambition + too much = destruction”. Therefore the theme statement would be “Too much ambition can lead to destruction

-A theme statement has no absolutes, no cliches, and no conversational language. Eg. “I think its to never judge a book by its cover” is NOT a good theme statement. 

 

Topic Sharing + treatment(+/-)  sharing with others = result benefit to us

Theme Statement

Sharing with others can benefit us in different ways

Topic Conflict + treatment(+/-)  resolving  = result brings us together

Theme Statement

Sometimes the conflict between two people can bring us together

Topic Having not much + treatment(+/-)  Appreciation = result Better Quality of life

Theme Statement

Making most of what you have even if it’s very little

  1. Change the theme statements into deep questions. What can be the result of too much ambition? OR Can too much ambition lead to destruction?
  • Is putting our selves in other people’s shoes the best way to understand/help them?
  • Why do we tend to put ourselves before other people
  • What would happen if we put other people before our ourselves most of the time