RL 3.2, RL 4.2, RL 5.2~ Theme & Central Message/ Retell or Recount Stories
Determining the theme & central message in literature is one of the most difficult standards to teach without the proper tools or guiding questions. This common core theme pack is LOADED with all the essential resources necessary for teaching your students how to find the theme and central message in any story, including folktales, fables, or fairy tales, as well as successfully summarizing the stories during the process. With so many resources in this toolkit, you can scaffold your instruction the way you see fit for your students.
✨Please see tips for teaching theme & central message and grab some free samples on my blog.
Note: This toolkit provides multiple approaches to finding the theme & central message using questioning strategies that guide students' thinking. The simple strategy of 'Somebody, Wanted, But, So, Then' is used as the core for summarizing, but more specific questions have been added to take this strategy a step further to guide students in analyzing important elements of the story that lead them to the theme and central message. I’ve recently added the AEIOU method I personally develop as a simple mnemonic device which walks students through higher order questioning that guides them through a different approach. The tools provided in this resource are versatile and can be used throughout the year
in modeled, guided, and independent instructional settings. (see 'PREVIEW' for additional resources recently added to assist students with short answer / open response questions)
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In this toolkit, you get:
✔ An introduction to teaching theme and message.
This understanding is key to effective instruction that guides students in the right direction with this common core expectation.
✔ A colorful anchor chart
that can be displayed all year and will become students’ go-to reference for helping them think about the big ideas and central messages found in the many stories they read.
✔ Student Bookmarks
for theme reference
✔ Theme Definition Mini-Posters
- defining each theme (compliments the anchor chart)
✔ Double-Sided Flipbook
- can be used with any story
✔ 2 Journal Responses (2 versions)
✔ 5 colored graphic organizers
(2 of which have different formats: horizontal & vertical) that can be used as a tool for modeled lessons throughout the year. You can either…
display on your SmartBoard as you model the process during whole group think aloud,
display in the classroom (as a laminated poster) to be reused with each read aloud lesson.
✔ Blackline masters
of the graphic organizers for student copies that can be used…
- during modeled lessons
- as a writing response task to your read aloud (once students have had practice with it)
- during students’ independent reading time (with self-selected stories)
- as they listen to a story at a center or online
- as a formative assessment task with any passage or story
✔ Readers’ Notebook Vocabulary templates
for learning theme vocabulary such as compassion, perseverance, etc.
✔ Character Quote Bubble Activities
- Students apply their knowledge of themes by creating character quotes
✔ 3 Mini-assessments
to check understanding of theme vocabulary, identify themes of story scenarios, and a written response check for theme and message to be used with any story
✔ Open Response and Rubric
that can be used with any story
✔ 3 completed story samples
to have at your fingertips as you begin to guide students through the process during your modeled lessons. (The Empty Pot, Seven Spools of Thread, & Ant and Grasshopper)
✔ Theme Vocabulary (added 2018)
to help your students grasp vocabulary through application and real-world connections
✔ 3 Center Task Activity (colored & blackline versions included)
: (A scaffolded approach) Matching Themes with Their Definitions, Matching Themes with Character Quotes & Matching Themes with Various Messages
Each center Task includes:
- Center task directions for students (Colored Copy)
- A set of Task Card Matches (in two versions: a colored version & a blackline version)
- Student answer form (labeled with the common core standards)
- Answer key
Note: The task cards are already mismatched on each page for your convenience. Copies can be given to students as is, and they can cut and match accordingly.
Determining the Message using AEIOU Organizer is the original work of Cherie Altman,
Copyright © October 2015 Cherie Altman
★★★TEACH CENTRAL MESSAGE through fables using my
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❗ I highly suggest you preview these character toolkits, as these resources go hand-in-hand with determining theme and central message.
RL 3.3 ~Describing Character Traits, Feelings & Motives
RL 4.3 ~Describing Characters, Settings, & Events in Literature
How about read aloud activities that target Point of View / Perspective standards? RL3.6, 4.6 & 5.6~ Distinguishing Point of View & Perspective
Needing some Ready-to-Go, detailed lessons to ignite your reading program? All you have to do is print and go!
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