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This product provides a great overview of the literary term "theme." It is ideal for a mini lesson to introduce and/or review "theme." I used this lesson to assist students with identifying the theme of a larger work we were reading. This PowerPoint contains the following:
*Definition of Theme with an example (I used the story "Harrison Bergeron" as the example because that was the first story we read. You could change the example to any story with which your students are familiar.)
*Example #1 & #2: Identify the Theme. (These examples are only 2-3 sentences and include possible answers on the next slide. The short length of these examples allow for a quick, effective review of theme. It also helps struggling students by maintaining their interest and immediately providing feedback on possible answers.)
*Example #3 & #4: Identify the theme in the movie trailers. (Students will view a movie trailer and then identify a theme based on the trailer. The links to the movie trailers are included in the PPT and possible answers are listed on the following slide.)
*Assignment: After the teacher has modeled the assignment for the class, students will separate into groups and identify the theme of the fable assigned to their group.
(I have included a handout with 6 of Aesop's fables. The theme/lesson learned for each fable is listed at the bottom of the handout with the fables. I had each group present their fable after they were all finished.)
*Apply theme to a larger work: The last slide on the PPT asks students to identify the theme of Animal Farm, as this was the story we were reading at the time. You could change this slide to incorporate the work you are currently reading.