Here it is: a complete unit to teach 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.
This bundle 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.
• Lesson plans with video links
• Poster with steps for finding and writing about theme
• PowerPoint presentation that models connecting details to find a theme and writing a paragraph to express that theme
• Ideas for guided practice
• Practice pack with three fables plus corresponding organizers and response sheets suitable for classroom display
• Generic organizer and stationery
• Rubric for constructed response on theme
• Additional fable, organizer, and stationery for assessment
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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.)
Complete units (including lesson plans, PowerPoint presentations, practice packs, and assessments) for these fourth grade CCSS Reading: Literature standards can be found 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)
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
A new version of this product was uploaded on May 31, 2014. It includes an updated PowerPoint presentation, more student practice, an assessment, and improved graphics.