Last year, when I realized some of my students didn't fully understand the nature of themes, I created this project. Students must choose a theme (or be assigned one) and create a booklet around that theme. They must find a song, poem, and painting which reflect the theme, and then write an autobiographical account which has their assigned theme at its core. We spent a week on each of the four parts, and another week assembling and presenting the books. I set up four stations around the room (one for the song, one for the poem, one for the painting, and one for writing the autobiographical account). This packet includes all the instruction sheets and brainstorming sheets that I made. Specifically, it includes:
-An overall instruction sheet for the entire project, with a timeline and brainstorming sheet for the theme itself;
-A "Song" section instruction sheet and brainstorming sheet.
-A "Poem" section instruction sheet and brainstorming sheet.
-A "Painting" section instruction sheet and brainstorming sheet.
-A "Autobiographical Account" section instruction sheet and brainstorming sheet.
-Instructions for writing an Introduction to the whole booklet.
-A checklist to make sure everything is done. The checklist also instructs students to make a Table of Contents and back cover, complete with an author bio and blurb.
My students were really engaged in this! And even though it took a long time, they understood the concept of theme by the end. They also had practice annotating--the poem and song, and even the painting! And of course they practiced writing. This activity was tremendously rewarding. It is purposefully in Word so you can tailor it to the needs of your class.