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  1. Your title goes here. Identify the theme you are exploring and include the title and author of the book. Your name goes here Instructions: Each slide contains instructions for the information you need to provide on that slide. Read the instructions carefully. Provide the required information for each slide. Give each slide an appropriate heading. You can change the design of the template to make your presentation more interesting.

  2. Introduction slide #1 • Give a brief summary of what happens in the novel.

  3. Introduction slide #2 • Explain what is meant by a theme. Define this term thoroughly. • Identify the theme in Strange Objects that you will be talking about.

  4. My theme • Outline the theme you have chosen from Strange Objects in detail.

  5. Example 1 • Provide an example from the novel of this theme. • Use a quote. • Explain how this shows your theme. • Use the PEEC paragraph model: point, elaborate, evidence, conclude. • (If you need it, an example of a PEEC paragraph is included at the end.)

  6. Example 2 • Provide a second example from the novel of this theme. • Use a quote. • Explain how this shows your theme. • Use the PEEC paragraph model: point, evidence, explain, conclude.

  7. Example 3 • Provide a third example from the novel of this theme. • Use a quote. • Explain how this shows your theme. • Use the PEEC paragraph model: point, evidence, explain, conclude.

  8. Conclusion • Explain the significance of this theme: make a connection to your own personal experience or to the world in general.

  9. Sample PEEC Paragraph P E E C One aspect of Crew’s exploration of the theme of history is the silencing of women in historical accounts. As with the ‘historical records’ in Strange Objects, such as Loos’ journal, it has traditionally been men who have written any historical documents. Because of this, women’s experiences have often been overlooked. Crew represents this symbolically in the novel through the character of Ela. Ela has ‘lost her language’ (p.186) and initially can communicate only in a ‘series of hideous grunts’ (p.186). Even after she starts to recall English, it never extends beyond a few words and the story of her origins remains silenced. Even in his visions, Messenger indifferently states, ‘it wouldn’t have done any good’ (p.102) to speak to Ela. The reader, however, is curious to know where Ela has come from because we hear so little from her. Crew uses this symbolism to reveal how, historically, women have been represented as having little of value to contribute to the recording of history.