This resource is scaffolded to help your students develop a thorough understanding of how to determine themes in literature. It helps you teach theme in a variety of different ways and addresses aspects of theme that students find most confusing. Reading passages - both shorter and longer - are included.
After completing all of the theme activities in this resource, students should understand:
-themes aren't always stated in the passges
-different stories can have the same theme
-you don't have to agree with the theme of a reading passage
-details in a story and the actions of characters support the theme
-the difference between theme and main idea (theme vs main idea)
-a reading passage can have more than one theme
-themes are meant to apply to real life
There are activities to help students better understand each of these aspects of themes. The activities include cut and paste activities, reading passages with questions, scaffolded graphic organizers, and more.
Use these resources as theme lessons for your 4th grade or 5th grade students. You can use the resources to model how to determine theme, for differentiation, for theme practice or homework, in small groups, whole class, or as independent activities.
Most of the reading passages in this resource are fiction resource (finding theme in stories/literature). However, a few nonfiction passages are included to give students a chance to practice finding theme in nonfiction.
Although a few activities have students practice theme using one word themes, the majority of the activities address themes using full sentences. The preview shows everything that is included in this resource. Look through it carefully to make sure it addresses your students' needs.
A grading rubric and answer keys are included.
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