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Reading Strategy Groups: Plot vs. Theme FREEBIE!

Grade Levels
2nd - 4th
Formats Included
  • PDF
  • Google Apps™
10 pages
Includes Google Apps™
The Teacher-Author indicated this resource includes assets from Google Workspace (e.g. docs, slides, etc.).


A COMPLETE strategy group lesson teaching Plot vs. Theme. It is ready to print and go! This lesson includes:

- WARM UP: A quick task that introduces the strategy.

- PRACTICE: A set of differentiated (at 3 levels) high-interest passages that includes thoughtful prompts for you and the students to discuss, write, think, skim, etc.

- INDEPENDENT PRACTICE: Send your students off with accountability practice.

- MISC: A suggested anchor chart idea is included.


If you have skilled reading volunteers or aides in your classroom, they can easily teach this lesson while you are working with other students.


In addition to the traditional printable lesson pages, the activities in this download can also be assigned via Google slides or Google Classroom, which makes it very versatile for digital distance learning.


Yes. Strategy groups rely on teaching your students a reading strategy that they can and will use while independently reading. This type of grouping is not strictly confined to the student’s reading level. Strategy groupings should be flexible so that we can get far, far away from kids who identify as a level, such as “I’m in the purple reading group” or “I am supposed to read level M books.”

Strategy groups rely on you knowing what your individual students need to work on. Do you have a few students who read like robots? Let’s work on it together in a strategy group. Do you have a group of students who struggle identifying the main idea of a text? Let’s work on it in a strategy group. Do you have students who are ready to start describing theme? Let’s work on it in a strategy group.


Strategy groups work well in all classroom settings. A best practice that all classroom teachers should employ is frequently checking in and conferring with students. When you confer with your students during reading, you see what reading skills and strategies they have mastered and what strategies they need help with. In my classroom, I teach a group lesson everyday. For two days of the week, I confer with students after the group lesson. While conferring, I check in with students to see where they are in their learning. I take notes of the types of instruction each student needs next. I use this information to form my next strategy groups. Overall, I am flexible. On some weeks, I spend more time on conferring and some weeks I spend more time on strategy groups.

One incredible feature of the included reading strategy passages is that the discussion prompts are all included. Everything is print and go! If you have skilled reading volunteers or aides in your classroom, they can easily run these groups while you are working with other students.


Check out the full product line...
- Main Idea and Key Details

- Author's Purpose

- Text Features and Text Structure

- Fluency

- Story Elements and Summarizing

- Understanding Characters

- Theme

- Vocabulary and Figurative Language

- FREE SAMPLE (Complete DIFFERENTIATED lesson teaching Plot vs. Theme)

­ →→→→ Reading Strategy Groups: NON-FICTION BUNDLE (Main Idea and Key Details, Author's Purpose, Text Features and Text Structure)­

­ →→→→ Reading Strategy Groups: FICTION BUNDLE (Story Elements and Summarizing, Understanding Characters, Theme, Vocabulary and Figurative Language)­

­ →→→→ Reading Strategy Groups: MEGA BUNDLE (Includes ALL of the units listed above)

- Alyssha Swanson

Teaching and Tapas: American Teacher in Spain

Total Pages
10 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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