This is a set of differentiated activities to help students analyze theme in Gary Paulsen's Civil War Soldier's Heart. The first worksheet is a graphic organizer asking students to find support in the novel (quotes, 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 an identical but blank graphic organizer for students who can identify the 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 students, there is an additional activity designed for students to plan an essay instead of just a paragraph. 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!
(Thanks to Lovin Lit for cover background)