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Themes in Literature Craftivity

Themes in Literature Craftivity
Themes in Literature Craftivity
Themes in Literature Craftivity
Themes in Literature Craftivity
Themes in Literature Craftivity
Themes in Literature Craftivity
Themes in Literature Craftivity
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Here's a hands-on, creative way to practice identifying the theme in a story! This is an engaging activity where your students read a story and determine the hidden message of the story. The finished products make a unique bulletin board or fun school hallway display! It can also be used as a novel entry in an interactive notebook!

Students read four short stories. After reading each story, your students will determine the theme. This craftivity provides differentiation in instruction, based on your students' needs. You can either have your students write the theme independently, or you can give them a list of ten choices, and students have to choose the theme that matches their story.

I chose the analogy of theme-filled cupcakes because it is such a great visualization that students can associate with the definition of theme. Like the crème filling in a cupcake, you usually can’t see the theme explicitly stated in a story. Rather, it’s the “hidden message” in the story.

My hope is that when my students see the word “theme” in the future (perhaps even on a standardized test!), they will recall this experience of making “theme-filled cupcakes” and remember that they need to determine the hidden message in the story.

1/6/14- I added the matching Interactive Notebook entry that I have my students put in their Reading Notebooks.


This resource is also included in my THEME BUNDLE. {CLICK HERE.}


Feel free to check out my other resources for teaching about themes in literature:
Teaching Theme: An Introduction Power Point
Identifying Themes: Three Worksheets
Theme Task Cards (16 passages with two options for responses)
Teaching Theme by using Fables: A Lesson Plan and Worksheet
Theme Filled Cupcakes for Valentine’s Day

The document includes student-friendly directions (with photos) that can be projected for students to refer to throughout the work time! An answer key is also included.

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As such, it is for use in one classroom only. This item is also bound by copyright laws. Redistributing, editing, selling, or posting this item (or any part thereof) on the Internet are all strictly prohibited without first gaining permission from the author. Violations are subject to the penalties of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Please contact me if you wish to be granted special permissions!

Copyright by Deb Hanson 2013
Clip art and border by Krista Wallden.
Total Pages
15 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 hour
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