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Teaching & Talking about Theme: Notes, Leveled Questions, & Task Cards (gr. 6-8)

Teaching & Talking about Theme: Notes, Leveled Questions, & Task Cards (gr. 6-8)
Product Description
This resource is great to use for differentiated small group instruction, reading conferences, and student discussion since the questions can apply to any literary text. By targeting one standard (R.L.6,7,8.2), it will help you gather important data about student progress and mastery and effectively differentiate instruction.

This product includes a detailed teacher guide that explains how and when to use the leveled questions, student note pages, and graphic organizers. It also explains how to evaluate student responses to the questions.

Following the teacher's guide, I have included four pages of leveled questions to guide you through individual reading conferences or small group instruction. Level 1 questions are more fact-focused; Level 2 questions ask for a level of analysis; and Level 3 questions push students to analyze how different story elements influence the development of theme. Each question page includes 5-7 question sets (each question set has a Level 1, a Level 2, and a Level 3 question) and focuses on a different story element. The first page focuses on general theme questions, the second on setting and theme, the third on characters and theme, and the fourth on plot and theme.

For your convenience, I have also included reading task cards containing the question sets. These task cards can be printed, copied, cut out, and laminated to better facilitate individual conferencing and small group instruction. They would also be a great resource to foster student discussion about a common text, or to elicit a quick, thoughtful written response about independent reading.

At the end of the product, I have included two pages of student-friendly note pages to guide students through the definition of theme as well as the ways setting, character, and plot work to develop theme. Following the notes, I have included two theme-focused graphic organizers. These graphic organizers can be used to provide additional support for students who have not yet mastered the standard, or they can be used as a tool to help all students determine and analyze theme.

I hope this product is helpful to you as you teach and talk about theme in your classroom!

Check out these similar products that also contain leveled questions and are designed to facilitate reading conferences in the middle grades classroom:

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Total Pages
18 pages
Answer Key
Does not apply
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