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ELA Strategies

Identifying Theme:

Theme: theme is the overall message of a story. (Moral or lesson being taught)

Theme should not be ONE world. Theme is ONE sentence.

Examples of themes:
-Never give up
-Do good to others and have good done to you
-Home is where the heart is

How can we find the conflict? Ask yourself the following questions:

What were the conflicts?
What were the resolutions?
How did the characters change?
What did the characters learn?
Identifying Claim

Claim: A statement that is argued, defended, and supported.

C- Cite evidence (Quotes from experts, and facts)

L- Link Data (Statistics)

A- Analyze Counterarguments (Author mentions opposing argument)

I-Include Examples (Anecdotes, facts)

M- Make Emotional Appeals (Anecdotes)
Author's Perspective


How do we identify the author's perspective? 

Analyze the author's word choice. What words is he/she using in replacement of others?


Awful vs. Horrified
Intruder vs. visitor
Good vs. Awesome

In a short response our answer must always be: 
Perspective + why (What the author feels about a particular topic)


posted Oct 23, 2018, 6:19 AM by Victoria Kataev   [ updated Mar 13, 2019, 6:41 AM ]

Text Structure

Problem and Solution
Cause and Effect
Compare and Contrast

Strategies used in ELA

posted Oct 9, 2018, 6:24 AM by Victoria Kataev   [ updated Oct 23, 2018, 6:20 AM ]

Short Response Strategy:

R- Restate the question
A- Answer the question
C- Cite ONE piece of evidence to support answer
E- Explain evidence in relation to the answer
C- Cite SECOND piece of evidence to support answer
E- Explain evidence in relation to the answer
Summarizing Fiction Strategy

Somebody- Who is the Main character(s)
Wanted- What did they want? what was their goal?
But- What interfered with that goal? (Conflict)
So- What did they do to try and resolve that conflict?
Then- Resolution- how did the story end?

TIP: You must introduce the title and author of the text when writing a summary. If their is no author, do not include it.

 ***Your SWBST needs to be in paragraph form when handed in. 

Challenge yourself!! Use transition words!
"But" could be replaced with: However
"So" could be replaced with: Furthermore 
"Then" could be replaced with: Consequently, as a result, or therefore

Freytag's Plot Diagram

Exposition: Here the characters are introduced.  We also learn about the setting of the story. Most importantly, we are introduced to the main conflict (main problem).

Rising Action: Part of the story beings to develop the conflicts. A building of interest of suspense occurs.

Climax: The Turing point of the story. Usually the main character comes face to face with the conflict. The main character will change in some way

Falling Action: All loose ends of the plot are tied up. The conflicts and climax are resolved.

Resolution: The story comes to a reasonable ending

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