Theme can be fun and easy to teach! This complete unit shows fourth grade students how to find a theme and explain it in a literary response. 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.
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This bundle, created by master teacher Brenda Kovich
, includes RL.4.2 Finding a Theme Power Point
, RL.4.2 Finding a Theme Practice Pack
, as well as complete lesson plans with an assessment. You’ll have everything you need for direct instruction, guided practice, independent practice, and assessment.
• Teacher notes
• Lesson plans
• Poster with steps for finding and writing about theme of story
• Video links for two stories
• PowerPoint presentation that models connecting details to find a theme and writing a paragraph to express that theme
• Ideas for guided practice
• Four fables* with corresponding organizers and response sheets suitable for classroom display
• Generic organizer and response sheets
• Rubric for constructed response on theme (with and without CCSS listed)
• Story arc templates
• Video links to introduce story arcs and how to use them when summarizing and finding a theme
• List of universal truths/themes
BONUS: A new companion website stores all files (and more) in one convenient place. Just click and go. Individual pages are ready to share digitally. You can grab the URL to share with your students or on a closed class website.
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1. Direct Instruction – Display and discuss a powerful PowerPoint presentation that shows students how to find connected details, translate them into a theme, and write a constructed response. Three examples for “The Three Little Pigs” demonstrate finding multi-word and one-word themes.
2. Guided Practice – Watch a video of “The Ugly Duckling” (link provided) then collaboratively connect details, find a theme, and write about it.
3. Independent Practice – Find and write about theme for “The Boy Who Cried Wolf,” “The Miller, His Son, and the Donkey,” and “The Fox and the Crow.” (Stories, organizers, and themed response sheets suitable for display are all included.)
4. Assessment – Read “The Ants and the Grasshopper” and write a literary response to express a theme. (Story, organizer, response sheet, and rubric are included.)
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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*Fables adapted from The Aesop for Children
with illustrations by Milo Winter. Published in 1919, they are now in the public domain in the United States.
I’m committed to continual improvement. This product was updated and enhanced on July 12, 2017.