Four fables from Aesop provide practice in connecting details from a story to find a theme and writing a paragraph to express that theme. Students identify connected details, translate those details into a theme, and write a constructed response, including a topic sentence, detail sentences, and conclusion.
This practice pack, created by master teacher Brenda Kovich
, is also available as a part of an entire theme unit
, which includes lesson plans and a PowerPoint presentation for direct instruction.
• A poster with steps for finding and writing about theme of story
• Four fables adapted for fourth grade readers: “The Boy Who Cried Wolf,” “The Miller, His Son, and the Donkey,” “The Fox and the Crow,” and “The Ants and the Grasshopper”
• Themed organizer and response sheet for each fable.
• Rubric for constructed response on theme (with and without CCSS listed)
• BONUS: Extend learning with a story arc template and related video link. This allows you to take learning to the next level as kids consider a character’s response to adversity and how that response alters the outcome of the story. A list of universal truths suggests possible one-word themes.
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Fourth Grade Literature Units
This unit is now available as part of my Fourth Grade Reading Curriculum - Literature Skills Bundle
. You can purchase eight complete standards-based units (including lesson plans, PowerPoint presentations, practice, and assessments) plus three comprehensive assessments for a discounted price - - - or pick and choose from the list below:
• Answering Questions Unit
• Finding a Theme Unit
• Summarizing Unit
• Describing a Character Unit
• Words from Mythology Unit
• Prose, Drama, and Poetry Unit
• Determining and Defending Point of View Unit
• Comparing and Contrasting Folklore Unit
• Literature Assessments - Grade 4
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Common Core State Standard Reading: Literature 4.2 (CCSS RL.4.2)
Indiana ELA Standard for Literature 4.RL.2.2
Stories Adapted from The Aesop for Children with Illustrations by Milo Winter, Published in 1919, Public Domain
I'm committed to continual improvement. This product was updated and enhanced June 21, 2017.