Before we start today’s lesson… Check out your “I Need Feminism Because” video that we made with your pictures from last week!
Music: “Soy Yo” by Bomba Estéreo
Goals for the Week:
- Write a response to a prompt analyzing A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen.
- Continue to collaborate with teachers and classmates.
- Finalize all work on A Doll’s House and our Feminism unit and prepare for our next learning experience!
- Remind ourselves what a theme is and how to find one.
- Consider some possible themes of A Doll’s House.
- Find out the topic of OUR NEXT UNIT!!!!!
- ELAGSE9-10RL2 Determine a theme or central idea of text and closely analyze its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
I can determine a theme of a text by analyzing A Doll’s House so that I can write about how Nora’s character reveals and shapes the theme.
Today we’re talking all about THEME! Need a reminder of what theme means, some examples, and how to find one? Check out D4Darious, who will explain it to you!
Your assignment for this week!
This week is your largest assignment to date! Each day we will explore a different topic related to feminism and A Doll’s House. I have made a Google Doc with 5 prompts, one for each day this week. CHOOSE ONE PROMPT and write a paragraph in response to it.
Remember, you only need to respond to ONE prompt this week!
Today’s Topic: Theme!
As you saw in the opening video, theme is a moral or message that the author is trying to tell you in their story. Every movie, book, play, and story has a theme. What’s most interesting about theme is that it’s completely up to the person who’s reading the story to determine it – a writer can try to make you learn a specific lesson, and they are often successful, BUT if a reader gets a completely different message, that’s still a valid theme!
For example, the writers of Finding Nemo might have intended the lesson to be that parents should trust their children and let hem make their own decisions. But if you watch that movie and think the message is that parents should keep their kids on a very short leash so they don’t get kidnapped or worse, that’s still a valid theme!
The important thing about a theme is that you must be able to back up your theme with evidence from the text.
Let’s consider 2 themes for A Doll’s House:
- Society expects women to stay home and take care of their house and family above all else.
Do we have evidence from the play to back this up? What do you think? If Torvald is representative of society, then he certainly expects Nora to put her household above everything else. Even the laws of the time try to keep women at home!
- Lies will always destroy relationships.
Do we have evidence from the play to back this up? Nora lied to Torvald and it certainly destroyed their relationship! And Mrs. Linde and Krogstad only got a happy ending when they finally told the truth to one another.
If you want to do today’s prompt for this week’s writing assignment, think of a theme from the play (or use one of my examples) and explain how the play shows that theme 🙂
AND THAT’S A WRAP! We’re done with A Doll’s House and our feminism unit! Now it’s time for the big reveal….our next unit will be….
We will be reading short stories from around the world, and you guys will choose one slightly larger project to complete over the unit.
Now… Go enjoy your spring break! Stay safe, stay well, and try and have some socially-distant fun!
Looking Ahead: Next Unit
When we return from Spring Break, we start a NEW UNIT! We will be reading a series of short stories from many authors around the world. Here are your goals for the first week 🙂
- Follow along with the daily readings of short stories.
- Decide on and begin a project from the Choice Board
- Continue to collaborate with teachers and classmates