Do your students struggle with figuring out the theme of texts? And what's worse, do they have any idea how to write about the theme? If your students are like mine, they need help identifying and writing about theme. That is why I created this poster set!
This poster set addresses 12 common text themes. Along with the themes, each poster includes a sentence starter and sample theme messages. Simply have your students "fill in the blanks" and then elaborate with details using evidence from their texts.
I also created a worksheet set for writing about theme. It includes a reference page which lists the 12 common text themes on one handy sheet. Here is the link for that: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Text-Book-Themes-Worksheet-Set-Common-Core-TN-Ready-Aligned-2092123
1. Black and white text theme posters
2. Teal polka dot text theme posters
3. Common Core/TNReady Standards page for 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade
Common Core / TN Ready Standards:
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.
Compare and contrast stories in the same genre (e.g., mysteries and adventure stories) on their approaches to similar themes and topics.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
Compare and contrast texts in different forms or genres (e.g., stories and poems; historical novels and fantasy stories) in terms of their approaches to similar themes and topics.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text.
Analyze how a modern work of fiction draws on themes, patterns of events, or character types from myths, traditional stories, or religious works such as the Bible, including describing how the material is rendered new.