Theme Task Cards

Theme Task Cards
Theme Task Cards
Theme Task Cards
Theme Task Cards
Theme Task Cards
Theme Task Cards
Theme Task Cards
Theme Task Cards
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This purchase includes 18 short passages with critical thinking question prompts on each card.

My students were getting pretty comfortable with identifying common themes throughout literature, before the story/passage was even over. However, their test scores from weekly theme tests (we use the Wonders series), didn’t reflect their knowledge they shared in class. Upon further investigation of the tests, I realized that my students were not familiar with the different types of questions they may be asked when it came to identifying themes. Gone were the easy questions of, “What is the theme of this passage?” Hence, the creation of these specific task cards.

On these task cards students are asked to complete any of the following tasks:
→Multiple choice (multiple, multiple choice):
→Select multiple themes that may be found throughout the passage
→Identify the theme and select the sentence from the passage that best supports the theme
→Read a particular assigned sentence from the passage and explain how that sentence best supports the theme.

Open-ended:
→Write in two common themes found throughout the passage.
→Create mini-stories that showcase an assigned theme.

My students really enjoyed reading these passages and digging deeper into the theme. At first, they just wanted to shout out or write down the theme, but the questions really force the students to conceptualize what is being asked from them when it comes to identifying theme.

I usually print out the task cards, laminate, and place on binder rings so the passages are easy to flip through. I assign these task cards during rotation time for my higher groups. With my lower groups, I use this as my teacher time so I can hear their thinking and guide them through the different question prompts.

Recording sheets and answer key included!

Interested in other critical thinking task cards? Check out my:
Differentiated Main Idea and Supporting Details Task Cards
Finding Word Meaning Using Context Clues


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16 pages
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Teaching Duration
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