Theme Mini-Unit: Understanding a story’s theme
is critical to deciphering the author’s message in a text. This 3-day mini-unit is designed to make learning fun while helping students go beyond the surface meaning of text to truly understand the author's message and the underlying meaning of the text.
This mini-unit provides numerous opportunities to develop the skill of identifying theme. Each lesson starts with a fun and engaging activity including Theme Comics, Cut-and-Paste Matching, and a Poetry Walk. Then, students learn about and practice identifying theme through whole group instruction, small group work, partnerships, and independent practice.
In this mini-unit, students will develop a deep understanding of literary devices, theme, explicit and implied theme, and how to identify theme in a passage. Students will complete guided notes, reading comprehension passages, graphic organizers and theme analysis with mini-passages. In addition, they’ll practice identifying theme by reading and acting in a play and while reading short and long reading passages. This is a fun unit for students and teachers!
This detailed THEME mini-unit includes:
• 3 Detailed Daily Lesson Plans
• Comic Topics
• Comic Strip Template
• Matching Mini-Passages (6)
• Matching Cards
• 5 Poem Posters
• Theme in Poetry Graphic Organizer
• Play Parts for Character Tags (6)
• Theme and Literary Devices Guided Notes
• 3 Short Passages with Reading Comprehension Questions
• What is Theme? Graphic Organizer
• “The Four Oxen and a Lion” Play
• Identify the Theme Practice
• Long Reading Passage with Questions
• All keys for student work and instruction
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