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This is a set of thirty task cards for practicing the story element of theme. Students identify themes and practice writing theme statements with a variety of activities to improve their reading comprehension skills.
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The activities on the cards - which refer to themes of stories students have read, fables that are provided with the cards, and stories that students might write - include:
What is the theme of this novel
Theme graphic organizers
Plan a story with this theme
Given a topic, write a theme
Recommend a book
Themes of stories you have read
Which statement is a theme
A classroom chart of many common theme topics is also included.
The cards are a large, half-page size with content and illustrations designed for middle school and upper elementary kids. With a variety of activities, these cards can be used for differentiating with students of different abilities and students who work at different rates. The cards work well for individual or group work, and for review activities, class games like Scoot or Footloose, or quick assessments.
Delving into one story element, such as theme, at a time is a great way to help students develop their reading comprehension and also helps students do better planning for their own narrative writing. The cards support the Reading Anchor Standards and the Reading: Literature Standards.
For more task cards, on other story elements and other language arts topics, see: Task Cards.
From Classroom in the Middle