Understanding Theme and Applying Literary Terms to a Peruvian Short Story

Introduction: Are there similarities between cultures that transcend time and place? Are there "lessons in life" that affect people regardless of setting? Can people from different classes within the same country learn the same "lesson?"  After completing this assignment, you will not only be able to better answer these questions, but you will also be given the chance to demonstrate your prowess in identifying a variety of other literary terms. (You didn't think we could actually get that far from the EOC, did you?)

Assignment: In this lesson, you will read a Peruvian short story and have the opportunity to identify various literary elements based on the working definitions we have used in class. Also, and perhaps more importantly, you will show your understanding of theme with a visual representation. This "picture" will not only encapsulate the theme you have identified, but also be accompanied by a statement. This statement will express your theme in a concise, well written sentence and also express your beliefs as to whether or not you feel this theme is "universal."

Process: By following the steps below, you will be guided through the whole assignment. Simply click on the icons that correspond to each step for instructions on how to proceed. At the bottom of this page you will also find an evaluation rubric that will detail exactly what is expected of you. Good luck and happy learning!!
STEP 1:  Read!
STEP2: Literary Elements
STEP 3:  The Big Picture

Task               4              3             2               1                0
Correct examples 
of all elements
All items have examples; 2 or more errors  One or two items missing with 1 or 2 
other errors
More than two items missing and more than 2 other errors Task not turned in
Visual Done neatly; coincides directly with well stated theme Done neatly, but does not relate to a well stated theme Not done neatly,  does not correspond to well stated theme Not done neatly; theme not well stated Task not turned in
Statement Grammatically well written; clearly states beliefs about stated theme One or two grammatical errors;
clearly states beliefs
More than two grammatical errors; clearly states beliefs  More than two grammatical errors; does not clearly state beliefs Task not turned in

Conclusion: When you have completed this assignment, you will not only have a deeper appreciation of the human condition, but also a better understanding of the use of literary terms in the workings of the genre of short story.

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