Theme - Story Elements Task Cards - Print and Easel Versions

Grade Levels
4th - 7th
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  1. This package of story elements task cards includes four sets - for the four major story elements: characterization, setting, plot and conflict, and theme. Each set contains thirty large cards with a variety of activities designed for middle school and upper elementary language arts or reading clas
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  2. Reading Task Card Sets for story elements, text structures, and various close reading or comprehension skills, plus seasonal themed sets. Seventeen sets of task cards with 30 cards per set for the review and practice that students need. Here is what is included: Story ElementsCharacterization Kids
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Theme Task Cards - students identify themes and practice writing theme statements with a variety of activities to improve their understanding of story elements and their reading comprehension skills.

You can see more sample cards in the preview.

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

Fable themes

Which statement is a theme

A classroom chart of many common theme topics is also included.

These task cards are designed specifically for middle school and upper elementary kids. The cards are large – two cards per page and have more content per card than many of the smaller task cards – perfect for older kids who can handle more than one quick question per card.

Included with this set is a blank answer sheet for students to fill in their answers.

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. Included in the set is a list of suggestions for ways to use task cards and a list of suggestions for easy differentiation with task cards.

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.

The Easel Activity is a digital version that is ready to use with one card per slide. It is ready for student use with answer boxes and directions already in place.

For the Google Slides version, see Theme – Story Element Task Cards and Google Slides.

For more task cards, on other story elements and other language arts and reading topics, see: Task Cards.

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Total Pages
65 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 hours
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, in the grades 4–5 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 4–5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.


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