Understanding Structure to support themes. Do Now. Analyze the media clip; determine how the author/creator’s structure of clip develops the theme. (Be sure to name the theme & provide text evidence). Mini-lesson.
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Analyze the media clip; determine how the author/creator’s structure of clip develops the theme. (Be sure to name the theme & provide text evidence).
The yellow one from the bakery
smelled like a cream puff-
she followed us home.
We buried our faces
in her sweet fur.
One cat hid her head
while I practiced violin.
But she came out for piano.
At night she played sonatas
on my quilt.
One cat built a secret nest
in my socks.
One sat in the window
staring up the street all day
while we were at school.
One cat loved
the radio dial
One cat almost
Everyone is different and this is what makes us unique. Naomi Shihab develops this underlying theme of individuality in her poem ”Every Cat Has Its Own Story”. The structure of the poem supports the theme because each stanza introduces us to a new cat with a different personality. For example, in stanza 1, it states “the yellow one smelled like cream puff and followed us home” and in stanza 3 it states that the cat “built a secret nest” these lines show how one cat is affectionate while the other cat seems to be protective.Another way the author’s structure helps develop the theme is through the last few lines of the poem. She writes “one cat loved the radio dial” and “one cat almost smiled” Once again these lines contrast the different qualities of each cat. Through each stanza and through her descriptions Shihab develops the idea that everyone is different and unique in their own way.
the plumber with the twelve children
who wins the Irish Sweepstakes.
From toilets to riches.
Or the nursemaid,
some sweet lady from Denmark
who captures the oldest son’s heart.
From diapers to Dior
Or a milkman who serves the wealthy,
Eggs, cream, butter, yogurt, milk
The white truck like an ambulance
Who goes into real estate
And makes a pile.
From homogenized to martinis at lunch.
the wife of a rich man was on her deathbed
and she said to her daughter Cinderella:
Be devout. Be good. Then I will smile
down from heaven in the seam of a cloud.
The man took another wife who had two daughters,
pretty enough, but with hearts like blackjacks.
Cinderella was their made
Author’s choice of setting and point of view: How does setting impact the text? In what point of view is the text written? Why did the author choose this particular setting?