This set of differentiated theme activities (part of my Soldier's Heart Novel Unit Bundle
) will help students analyze two important themes in Gary Paulsen's Civil War Soldier's Heart.
The first page is a graphic organizer where students will find text support in the novel (quotes, plot events, etc.) for each of two themes. The worksheet provides two themes ("War is a serious thing" and "It's not good to grow up too fast"), but I've also included a blank copy of the graphic organizer to challenge students who are able to identify themes themselves.
The next activity guides students as they write a paragraph about the theme, discussing the three examples they found on the first worksheet. For more advanced writers, or just as a follow up activity, there are additional essay-writing pages designed for students to write more extensively about theme in literature. It includes guidance on writing a hook, thesis/topic sentence, three body paragraphs, and a conclusion.
You can choose the activity that best fits your class's needs, or you can differentiate within your classroom by putting students in groups and assigning different levels of work to teach the same skills. Alternately, you could begin with the paragraph and lead students into the essay.
I hope you and your students enjoy this tiered-instruction activity integrating literature and reading skills with writing and history!
**Teaching Soldier's Heart?
This resource is part of my Soldier's Heart Novel Unit Bundle!