Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.hmmmmm
English Language Arts Standards » Reading: Literature » Grade 11-12
Assuming this means what I think it means, I am not seeing the value of Standard CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.11-12.2.
Off the top of my head, it strikes me that a work of literary nonfiction sufficiently sophisticated to be amenable to "thematic analysis" is going to be quite difficult for most students to read and comprehend, let alone identify not one but two themes, and analyze how the two themes interact and build on one another to produce a complex account, providing an objective summary of the text in the process.
(And does an objective summary of a text ever involve extended analysis of themes?)
I'm sure essays have themes (they must, right?), but I don't personally think of essays as having themes. I think of essays as having arguments. Arguments and evidence.
I have no idea what this standard means.
Or what a successful analysis of the way two themes interact and build on each other to produce a complex account would look like.
School is going to be so not fun if teachers actually try to teach these things.