Mar 02 2014
Every book we read has a theme, sometimes more than one! But what is the theme?
Image courtesy of minds-in-bloom.com
The ‘theme’ is the message that the author is trying to communicate with the reader.
Authors use clues to show us the theme, so we need to be able to infer the underlying messages and topics.
Some people might confuse theme with the plot of a story. But the plot of story refers to something to what the author is actually writing about. The plot of the story includes the characters, the setting, the events—these are things that are stated in the text.
Beneath the novel’s surface lies its true meaning, or its theme. A theme usually relates to the author’s statement or opinion on the topic. It’s an idea that connects the whole story.
Usually the theme of the story can be inferred from the characters themselves. The character’s thoughts, feelings and emotions, reflections and discoveries. What they learn throughout their experiences can give the readers an idea of the theme running throughout the story.
For instance, the plot of Harry Potter is based on the Wizarding World and his time at Hogwarts throughout his teenage years. But the story itself has many themes—friendship, love, sacrifice, good versus evil.
Fairy tales and fables often have obvious themes with a matching life lesson or moral. In Aesop’s fable “The Hare and The Tortoise”, the moral of the story is ‘Slow and Steady Wins the Race’. The ‘theme’ of ”The Hare and The Tortoise” is PERSISTENCE.
Don’t know the ”The Hare and The Tortoise” fable? Click here to go read it!
Here are some other of Aesop’s Fables for you to go and watch / read.
Can you work out the moral of the story and the theme?
What books have you read that have a theme? What were the themes in your books? Leave a comment and let us know!
5/6J have been looking at some tips for making our narratives more interesting and more correctly written. One of the tips is about punctuation.
Remember to punctuate all your sentences correctly whenever you write! Especially full stops and capital letters! No random capitals please!
Feb 24 2014
Our focus strategy this week is Making Inferences.
We remember that TEXT CLUES + BACKGROUND KNOWLEDGE = INFERENCE
Authors use inference to SHOW their readers more information about the setting ( eg: weather, mood) and the characters (opinions, emotions).
Let’s practice the skill of inferring.
1. Click HERE to guess words and phrases based on clues.
2. Click HERE to play a game using inferring.
3. Click HERE to play Making Inferences Battleships!
We have been learning that authors use figurative devices to make their writing more interesting.
Here are some that we already learnt about:
And here are some new ones!
All images courtesy of http://fancyfreein4th.blogspot.com.au/
So now it’s time to test our knowledge of these figurative devices.
Click this link to choose a game on one of the devices above.
Which figurative language device is your favourite to use when writing?
Can you give an example of one of these in the comments?
Feb 09 2014
This blog has just celebrated it’s 3rd Birthday! Bosco had cake to celebrate of course.
In that time, we have had 362 comments! But have all of them been good quality comments, or have some just been incorrect and like an SMS?
How to write a good quality comment…
1. Write your comment like a letter starting off with “Hi 5/6J” or “Dear Miss B”.
2. Compliment the writer in a specific way, ask a question, and/or add new information to the post.
3. Write your comment about the post. There are often ideas at the bottom of the post about what you could comment about.
4. Check your comment for correct spelling, spacing and punctuation before you submit it. If you can, show it to someone else first.
5. Don’t over use punctuation and emoticons. Comments need to be more professional than a text message.
6. Don’t reveal any personal information about yourself in your comment.
7. Finish your comment with a farewell like a letter such as “From Tina” “Regards, Colin”, “Bye from Jesse”.
8. Start a new line for the comment body and the farewell.
Here is an example of of a good quality comment:
I love visiting your blog, especially seeing your artworks. I might even try one out at home! What sorts of artworks are you going to do this term?
From Mrs T
And here is an example of a poor quality comment:
i love your blog soooooooo mcuh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Miss B has to delete and fix a lot of these.
Hopefully this year we can improve the types of comments we get!
Feb 08 2014
We have had 8 days of learning of 2014 so far, and already the new members of 5/6J have brains that are full of new knowledge.
We read an intriguing picture book called “The House of Narcissus”, by Margaret Wild which seemed absurd – a talking and feeling house that is in love with it’s own reflection until it realises it has a cold and lonely heart.
It is set in Venice, in Italy. Miss Beavis has been to Venice, it is an amazing place, a floating city! You need to walk a lot as there are not many cars, or roads, just bridges and canals! How about a gondola trip, does that sound like fun?
Miss B told us that this story was based on the legend of Echo and Narcissus, from Greek Mythology. You can read about Echo and Narcissus here or watch it as a video here!. Miss B brought in her great grandmother’s 109 year old book of mythology and fables and read us the story.
The word narcissistic means you are acting in a self-absorbed or vain way, just like the house in our narrative.
We learnt that Narcissus is also the name of a daffodil or jonquil flower, like these:
Photo courtesy of http://www.landscape-photo.net/
We learned that when author’s give inanimate objects and animals human behaviours, like the house in the picture book, it is called personification.
Image courtesy of http://dict.space.4goo.net/
Dec 26 2013
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all the members of 5/6J 2013.
Miss B and Bosco wish you all the best for 2014, especially our Year 6 students
starting High School!
Thanks for a great year of learning in Room 7!
Year 6 – hope you have had some great memories! Remember 5/6J you can
always come here to our blog to reminisce of the great things you did in Stage 3.
Check out some of these innocent faces! You’ve grown up since then!
Dec 26 2013
Our annual Market day was another huge success! Everyone had a great time,
Stage 3 were champions at setting up, cleaning up and running the stores.
A great fundraising effort! Thank you 5/6J and 5/6G.