PURPOSE: To many students, much of school has become bland, impersonal, boring and without meaning to students. Figuring out theme is a challenge, but one that can be achieved if we can make it personally meaningful to them. This activity will help students see the importance of theme is to build a bridge between that they do as a matter of course in their day-to-day lives and their literary reading. Giving advice is part of a student’s day-to-day life. Giving advice, resembles what one needs to do to develop thematic understandings. Think for a minute about someone’s explaining a problem in a relationship and seeking your advice. Before you offer it, you have to pay careful attention to the particular details of the situation. When you offer advice, you typically comment on more than that immediate situation.
GOAL: To help students apply their advice-giving skills to their literary reading to help them understand how to figure out not only the theme of a story, but different themes that we learn in life.
MATERIALS: Copies of Dreamer
Copies of Dreamer
Doc Cam/Copies of Advice Column
COMMON CORE STANDARDS:
RL.6.1 Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text
RL.6.2 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.
RL.6.5 Analyze how a particular sentence, chapter, scene, or stanza fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the theme, setting, or plot.
RL.6.9 Compare and contrast texts in different forms or genres (e.g., stories and poems; historical novels and fantasy stories) in terms of their approaches to similar themes and topics.
W.6.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience
SL.6.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.