Help students understand what theme means using this graphic organizer and PowerPoint.
Students often confuse "theme" with the "moral" of a story, or they have trouble looking beyond the events in the story to the greater picture. These notes can help clear up that confusion.
I print the PDF to a smaller size, usually B5 (6.9 x 9.8 in) so that the students can paste it into a regular spiral bound notebook. The PowerPoint was made using images from the notes to make it easier for students to follow along, but I often use my Mobi board and the PDF on the projector rather than the PowerPoint.