This powerful PowerPoint presentation uses a familiar tale, “The Three Little Pigs,” to help students understand theme. It models two processes: connecting details in a story to find a theme and writing a paragraph to express that theme.
The presentation opens with a definition and four steps for finding and writing a theme. It continues with thorough exploration of three separate themes for “The Three Little Pigs.” Students learn to identify connected details, translate those details into a theme, and write a constructed response, including a topic sentence, detail sentences, and conclusion.
The first two themes are multi-word lessons; the third is a one-word overarching theme. In this regard, the modeling session acts as a bridge from students’ understanding of a story’s lesson to their comprehension of theme. Although it was specially designed for fourth graders, this lesson will work wonders for anyone struggling with theme.
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This product is also available as a part of an entire unit, RL.4.2 Finding a Theme Lesson Plans
, which also includes lesson plans, a practice pack (with three additional activities), and an assessment.
Complete units addressing additional CCSS Reading: Literature standards are available in my store:
*RL.4.1 Answering Questions Lesson Plans
*RL.4.3 Describing a Character Lesson Plans
*RL.4.4 Words from Mythology Lesson Plans
*RL.4.5 Prose, Drama, and Poetry
*RL.4.6 Determining and Defending Point of View Lesson Plans
*RL.4.9 Comparing and Contrasting Folklore Lesson Plans
*Literature Assessments - Grade 4
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Common Core State Standard Reading: Literature 4.2 (CCSS RL.4.2)
This PowerPoint was revised to include more examples and improved graphics on May 31, 2014.