I title this lesson "Theme Made Easy"! Students analyze video excerpts from classic fables such as The Tortoise and the Hare and discuss what the possible themes might be. Students then read the traditional African-American folktale "Brer Possum's Dilemma" and analyze the theme with an inviting graphic organizer.
All video clips are embedded within the PowerPoint and play within the PowerPoint pages. Links to the "Brer Possum's Dilemma" text and an audio recording are also embedded within the PowerPoint.
File this one under "Another 45-Minute Class With Everyone Engaged, On Task, and Learning"! And heck, it's theme made easy!