Task #4.1

Kawhi Leonard is my favourite basketball player.  He is the epitome of hard work.

Screen Shot 2020-04-22 at 9.04.10 AM

The message he brings into my life is that HARD WORD PAYS OFF.  Now let us all KAWHI this task!

Themes are not always expressed in sentences with words.  In film and television music and song are used set the mood and help shape the overall message.  A character who presents themselves in a fake way may have this song playing when they are on screen :

Here is the theme song for NBA basketball, it is exciting, upbeat and electrifying.  Just like the game itself:

Now down to the nitty gritty.  Watch this short movie and reflect on its theme.

Hard work pays off .  This dude worked incredibly hard in his workshop to enjoy his cookie the way he wanted to.  

  • Both of these sentences are about hard work
  • One sentence includes details that are specific to one person and one situation.
  • The other sentence is a message that could apply to other people and other situations or to life in general.

One sentence describes what a particular scenario is mostly about (i.e., characters, setting, or plot). In contrast, the other sentence states a theme, or central message. Knowing the difference between a “mostly about” statement and a theme statement is important. The characters, setting, and plot in a story answer what the story is about while a theme often answers why the story was written. We can use “mostly about” information to think about what message the author is trying to send to readers.

Important terms:

    • A character is a person, animal, or other being in a story.
    • A plot is the events in a story.
    • A setting is the time and place of events in a story.
    • A theme is the central message or big idea in a story or a poem.


A theme does not include specific details but is a central message that could apply to a wide range of situations. If you are unsure about whether you have identified a theme, try and decide whether it would make sense as a message on a poster or a T-shirt.

Use the text box below to identify the themes in each t-shirt above.

Your turn!  Do some online shopping to find your favourite ‘themed’ t-shirt and use the text box to send me the link:

Screen Shot 2020-04-22 at 8.40.57 AM

Use the text boxes below to show your ability to determine the difference between theme and ‘mostly about’ statements.

Screen Shot 2020-04-22 at 8.41.56 AM

Read the passage below and respond to the text boxes that follow:

Screen Shot 2020-04-22 at 8.51.10 AM

It’s MATH time!  Everyone seems to be ‘on point’ for the area of circles.  Here is another little challenge to see if you can extend your problem solving skills.  Don’t forget to show me all your work, it is a window into your thinking process and is more important than your final answer.  What good is a delicious cookie if you don’t record the recipe?

Screen Shot 2020-04-16 at 8.15.25 PM