Teaching Common Themes in Literature - Bulletin Board and Book Lists

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This has been a great resource for my class; it really helped them determine the theme in our anthology stories, as well as class novels.
The detailed visuals are an asset for my ENL students, they really help them better understand the vocabulary and concepts being introduced. Great resource.
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Grab these 27 definition posters for teaching Theme in Literature. You can use these theme posters to create a themes in literature bulletin board or visual minilesson aids for anchor charts as you teach themes in reader's workshop. Choose from three beautiful versions: full-size pages with definitions, 1/2-size with definitions, or 1/2-size without definitions.

Wondering what picture books you should read aloud to address each theme? I've included a suggested list of read alouds for each theme in the set to make your minilesson planning time even easier!

Included in Teaching Theme in Literature:

✔ Common Core Standard posters for 1st-5th grades

✔ 3 versions of the theme posters (also used for anchor chart headers):

- 1/2-size without definitions

- 1/2-size with definitions

- full-size with definitions

✔ Definition pages for theme and author's message

✔ Student bookmarks with a list of themes as a reference tool

✔ Reading Response templates for writing about the theme and author's message

✔ 21 page list of suggested read alouds for each of them; includes space for planning your minilesson ideas and for adding additional read alouds you find to fit each theme

Themes included: kindness, forgiveness, equality, home, friendship, belonging, individualism, accepting others, freedom, accepting change, courage, perseverance, making a difference, responsibility, injustice, traditions, leadership, identity, values, good triumphs, compassion, sacrifice, selflessness, family, power of love, government


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.
Compare and contrast the themes, settings, and plots of stories written by the same author about the same or similar characters (e.g., in books from a series).
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.
Compare and contrast the treatment of similar themes and topics (e.g., opposition of good and evil) and patterns of events (e.g., the quest) in stories, myths, and traditional literature from different cultures.
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.


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