FINALLY! A concrete way to teach your students how to discover theme, or to just make sure your whole class is on the right path.
In this mini lesson, which has been designed for students to complete independently (online, face to face, or blended), students will learn how to analyze and look at key components of a text to determine values, and create a theme.
It is LOADED with gifs and uses "The Lion King" as sample text. Great for students to independently navigate (online, blended, flipped, station rotation, partner work).
This assumes students are familiar with the basics of a text (like action, plot, characterization).
It offers a concrete "formula" for students to use when thinking about themes, and discovering themes based on their texts. This is a concrete approach to teaching theme.
It is a mini lesson only. Suggested follow up activities and delivery ideas are included, but this mini lesson is intended for student consumption. Teachers will receive a link to a complete Google Slide show.
After you have the link to the Google Slide show (long live Google!) you will be able to make a copy. Once you make a copy of the slideshow, please note that it is intended to be ready to use with students (and written for self-directed work). If you post it online to your students (as it is intended) please make sure it is behind a password-protected digital area (like a learning management system – Blackboard, Schoology, etc). If you’re new to Google Slides, be sure to explore the different online-publishing options (publish via a link vs. embedding vs. sharing the link with your students). Tablet/iPad friendly!
If you choose to teach this lesson whole-class and face to face, I recommend shortening some of the writing to better meet the needs of a lecture format. I estimate that this mini lesson will take a typical student about 15 minutes to work through independently (maybe less, maybe more depending on their level of ability, and your instructional methods and design).
Happy teaching! -Kate