Theme, Motif, and Epiphany

This Theme, Motif, and Epiphany lesson plan also includes:

What's the difference between the theme and the subject of a story? How do the theme and the subject differ from a motif? Class members may experience an epiphany, a moment of amazing clarity, after completing the exercises from McDougal Littell/Houghton Mifflin's textbook.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Scaffold the lesson by assigning one term to each group to research, and then jigsaw and have experts compare and contrast the terms
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires copies and/or access to the referenced textbook
  • "Araby" is from James Joyce's collection The Dubliners
  • Best suited for learners reading at an advanced level
Pros

  • The 10-page packet includes a plan, a vocabulary list with definitions, the required resources, worksheets, and answer keys
Cons

  • The very teacher-centered resource provides little scaffolding for struggling learners
Common Core