This lesson will challenge students to analyze theme by thinking like WRITERS vs. readers. While middle school readers can easily identify themes, they have a hard time explaining how other plot elements work to develop that theme. This is a necessary skill to effectively analyze theme. This graphic organizer will help them see how professional WRITERS think about the message of their stories in all elements of their planning and storytelling.
Complete with graphic organizer and lesson plan with teacher script, this lesson is ready to use. The picture book AMAZING GRACE by Mary Hoffman is suggested for use, but this plan can be applied with the use of any picture book with a strong theme.