Theme might be the most difficult concept for ELA students of all ages to understand. This visual guide to theme presents the concept of theme for students in a way that they can easily comprehend and remember. You can print it off for their notebooks or learning stations, post it in the room, or place it on your classroom page.
In addition, there are teaching tips that I have used successfully in my classroom to help students strategically understand theme including:
A quick word about the terminology used in this resource. I know that some teachers say that a "theme" has to be a complete sentence. While I agree with this idea, I have called a statement of theme in a complete sentence a "theme statement." My reasoning for doing so is because many discussions about "universal themes" revolve around single words, like "love" and "friendship" because many statements about these topics, as they relate to specific works of literature, are not universally applicable to EVERY text that addresses that topic. Furthermore, a lot of websites that students might come across online use the term "theme" as words or phrases. In order to cut down the confusion, I have presented it the way that I have.
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