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Theme Unit for Literature | Teaching Theme

Grade Levels
4th - 7th, Homeschool
Formats Included
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73 pages
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Teaching theme and how to find theme in literature is simplified with this engaging 71-page differentiated unit. Includes theme graphic organizers to help you teach theme and help students track theme in literature.

The Theme Unit is flexible because portions may be used throughout the year, giving students the repeated experience of finding and proving a theme in their independent or whole-class reading.

Assessments are included, as well as an accelerated option for students to create a Common Core-type assessment for other students. This easy-to-use printable resource ready to use!

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Included in this engaging and useful resource you'll find

  • 4-Pages of Teacher Tips and How to Use This Unit
  • 12-Fables (2-versions of each (with and without the moral)
  • List of Themes
  • Options for Introducing Theme and Using the Fables
  • 2-Pages on How to Find Themes in Literature
  • Finding Theme Practice
  • Differentiated Assessments and Keys
  • Text Evidence Proof Frames
  • Writing Frames
  • Student Create Your Own Fable Pages & Assessment
  • Smarter Balanced Question Analysis
  • Options for Center Use
  • Alternative Themes for the Fables
  • Use whole-class, small group, or centers

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73 pages
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.
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.
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.
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.


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