Ada's Violin Book Companion | Main Idea and Theme

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This comprehensive book companion includes a slide presentation, printable booklets (in black and white and color), graphic organizers, discussion cards, and a lesson plan. In addition to printable options, it contains digital options for Google™ slides and a Google™ form. Students will use graphic organizers to respond to the book Ada's Violin by identifying the main idea, topics, and theme that are found in the book and will complete an exit ticket about main idea and theme to demonstrate understanding.

Finding the main idea and the theme of a text can be challenging. I find that repeated teacher modeling and student practice helps considerably! I like to emphasize that there is an element of opinion in a theme whereas a main idea is a statement or very short summary of a work.

Ada's Violin, by Susan Hood is a great text to use for determining both main idea and theme. In this presentation, teachers and students are guided to find both. You can also add a very brief geography connection by having students find Paraguay on a world map or globe. In addition, I have included a list of vocabulary words for discussion before reading.

This resource now includes more options for distance learning.

Students love learning about real people and their stories of perseverance and triumph. Children can never have too many role models!

This lesson is aligned with Common Core State Standards (CCSS) as well as Virginia SOLs.

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Total Pages
16 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 hour
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.
Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.
Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.
Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.


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