Theme is my favorite thing to teach because of what it reveals to the students about life. It can be very tricky to teach, however. I have worked to put together an easier way to teach theme by using 5 easy steps.
-- The Powerpoint doesn't have any fancy fonts or graphics. I am worried these won't translate well to other peoples computers, so I have focused on content. It is entirely editable though, so you are more than welcome to add your own! :)
--- I realize "courage, honesty, friendship, etc.. are not "THEMES". However, I practice introducing theme using just "universal ideas" or topics such as courage, honesty, etc... THEN I use a graphic organizer to walk the students through creating an actual *statement* that explains the theme. You will see this example in the Powerpoint. I find it is easier to introduce students to theme in this way. :) (It is all included!)
This resource includes the following resources to help your students learn and practice theme:
1. Theme Powerpoint with practice slides. (editable)
2. Common Core Alignment
3. Teaching Notes
4. 13 Theme Posters
5. Common Themes Finished Notes
6. Common Themes Unfinished Notes (For students to fill in)
7. 5 Steps of Theme Flipbook / Foldable Activity
8. Finding Theme Graphic Organizer
9. Finding Theme With Support / Evidence From Text
10. Theme Multiple Choice Sheets (Two worksheets) w key
11. Theme Writing Activity
This resource is aligned with the Common Core standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.2 Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.2 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.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.2 Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
Theme in 5 Steps
by Stephanie Kirk
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