Presentation on theme: "Helping students write successfully since 2015 (hopefully)"— Presentation transcript:
1 Helping students write successfully since 2015 (hopefully) Tips for theme writingHelping students write successfully since 2015 (hopefully)
2 General Choose a theme that: You KNOW you understand and can write aboutYou can find clear and specific examples from the book for support3 quotes are neededWill allow you to choose a variety of different examples (at least 3)On the following slides I will give you tips on how to write for and clearly explain each theme.This information is on my website if needed.
3 Materialism Corrupts and Destroys For each paragraph:Show the materialism, greed, or want of somethingBe specificWho wants what and whyShow how this materialism has corrupted or destroyed this personSo what are they (the one that wants) doing that is bad or wrong
4 Love can give someone great courage and strength For each paragraphShow/explain the loveWho loves what (or whom)?Then show/explain how the LOVE has brought this person courage and strengthenBe sure to clearly explain why the event/action is courageous or needs strengthDON’T JUST PICK AND EXAMPLE OF SOMEONE BEING COURAGEOUS OR STRONG. YOU NEED THE LOVE PART.
5 Creatures naturally prey on those who are weaker than them. For each paragraphBe clear on who/what is “preying” on something elseBe directExplain how one is weaker and one is strongerWhat makes them weak?What makes the other strong
6 Knowledge is a power but a power that can be abused For each paragraphShow who has the knowledgeWhat knowledge do they have?Then show how they are abusing this knowledgeHow is it being used in the wrong way? (usually a very negative way)
7 A dream is good until it begins to destroy other things of value in a person’s life This one is a little different.Usually the person with the dream is the one that gets things destroyed in their life.Also, usually people choose one dream for the entire paper and then give 3 examples of how that dream ruined thingsSee next slide for paragraph tips
8 A dream is good until it begins to destroy other things of value in a person’s life (cont’) 1st body paragraphDescribe the dreamThen go into one way that dream destroyed something2nd body paragraphPossibly BRIEFLY mention the dream againGive another way that dream destroyed something3rd body paragraph
9 There are more illusions than reality in life. For each paragraphBe clear about what the illusion isFeel free to use the word “illusion”Be specificThen explain what the reality isFeel free to use the word “reality”“However” can be a good word to use at timesThis theme is usually one of the hardest ones to write about
10 QUOTES You will need 3 quotes (1 per body paragraph) Choose quotes that PROVE don’t just summarizeYou should be able to explain HOW your quote proves the theme you have chosenIf you can’t explain this, then choose a different quoteThink about your dialectical journalQuote analysis is basically answering “why is this quote important?”Now we are just focusing our analysis on the themeNow we are asking “why/how does this quote prove your theme?”