Stitching themes.

As a follow-up to “How To Teach A Novel,” a treatise on theme. I contend that all the close reading strategies in the world only serve to engage us in the bigger conversation, the “grand conversation’ as my master’s mentor instructed us. (I thank you every day, Dr. Schulhauser.)  One word: Patterns. Patterns in terms of speech, actions, reactions, resolution and take-aways. What does the writer believe, what is she questioning, and what is she exploring? Did she take us with her, or leave us confused and behind?  Theme is, as most language arts concepts, deceptively simple to define, and…