These theme writing activities (part of my Blood on the River novel unit
) go along with Elisa Carbone's Jamestown novel Blood on the River. The resource contains a theme graphic organizer with two pre-filled lessons that are prominent central ideas in the story (working together/interdependence and choosing love over fear and anger). Students must then read carefully to find supporting details - such as character quotes, descriptions, and novel events - for each. There is a paragraph-writing page as well as a two-page essay outline that will guide students to write an analysis of one of the themes.
Finally, for more advanced students, there is a blank graphic organizer for students to use for determining theme on their own and finding textual evidence to support their ideas.
This is a great way to draw students' attention to the messages that connect events in the novel as well as the important lessons that modern readers can learn from history, all through the skills of thoughtful reading, finding textual evidence, and planning organized writing!
**Teaching Blood on the River? This resource is part of the Blood on the River Novel Bundle.
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