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Teaching Theme with Extra Yarn--Mentor Text Lesson {FREEBIE}

Grade Levels
1st - 5th
Formats Included
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10 pages


Teaching theme is sometimes a difficult for teachers and a hard concept for primary grade students to grasp. This FREE mentor text lesson for Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen is designed to make the task easier!

You can read all about how to use this resource in your classroom in this BLOG POST I wrote for The Reading Crew Winter Mentor Text Link-Up!

This resource includes the following materials and extension activities:

*PICTURE PROMPTS to use before reading Extra Yarn to help students make story predictions and connections.

*PHOTO SAMPLES OF THINKING CHARTS you can create using chart paper or a dry erase board to help students map their schema or background knowledge of the topic and gather ideas about the story theme.

*DISCUSSION STARTER CARDS/WRITING PROMPTS to use after reading the story to help students reflect and write about character traits story theme.

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Total Pages
10 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).
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.
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.
Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.
Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.


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