Researching a Theme
A literature extension should be an activity that extends the learning that began when the student reads the novel. There are many directions that a teacher can take with an extension. One direction is to go more in depth with a theme.
When students complete a novel, they can learn more about the themes introduced in a novel. A theme is a universal idea or basic ideal in a novel. Sometimes these themes have a message or teach a lesson.
Some basic examples of theme are as follows: a great journey, good versus evil, jealousy, the individual and nature, society rules and the individual, friendships, family relationships, solving a mystery, growing up, dealing with the death of someone close, feeling alienation, spirituality, time and its effects, etc.
For example, in The Giver by Lois Lowery a theme is the importance of memories. Students could research the importance of memories in life. Or, students could explore how memories are formed and kept in one's brain.
Research Sharing Formats
Once students complete some basic research, they can share the information in various formats:
- flip chart
- flow chart of ideas
- a formal research paper
- student organized discussion
- student created bulletin board
- a casual presentation that students give to the class with a visual aid