What’s the Difference Between Theme & Motif?


My passion for storyology started at a typical young age, but with a desire to do it forever. That's why before I started my true writing journey, I taught writing and reading in high school classrooms in AZ. Later, I started writing part-time toward a goal of being published. All the while, trying to help others like me with my storyology blog.

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  1. Jason says:

    Thank you so much for this explanation. As a junior, this is something I’ve been trying to work towards for the past year or two, and looking at it this way helps it make more sense.

    One off-topic question (Not to argue over, I’m just curious):
    “though most hated it because the students struggled. Yeah, there was more tension with parents about grades, but I did see a drastic shift in kids’ writing ability.”
    How did you handle grading/tests for this type of stuff? I know personally that getting my behind kicked in English has made me improve, though my teachers wouldn’t grade stuff as hard that they knew everyone in the class struggled with.

    From a student’s perspective ‘is this knowledge worth the drop in GPA….’ as bad as that sounds….

    • Nia Wilson says:

      Hello, Jason. I’m so glad this helped! I tried to make it as clear as possible, but let me know if you still notice any ambiguity.

      Regarding the grading, I always make sure I make my expectations and rationale (why I’m doing this) overt in the beginning. Then, I make sure to offer various resource, practice, and tutoring opportunities so students don’t have to struggle.

      As far as whether it’s worth it, that depends on how much you need a particular skill in the future. We use concrete knowledge as a way to teach skills. Theme, itself, isn’t really important. But, being able to read between the lines and infer/interpret a deeper meaning is a critical skill. We do the same thing when we have to gauge emotional situations and psychological defense mechanisms.

      It’s just a matter of priority and whether you want to master the skill or not. I teach my kids how to master it, but expect few to do so. However, working at that level pushes kids to work harder and improve, like you mention is the case for you. I find that in my class, at times, a C would be the equivalent of a B elsewhere. Which meant, when the kid left my class, (s)he is more prepared and continuously does better in later classes.

      Excellent question. 😃

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