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- This bundle of activities focuses on determining themes found in literary works. Some of the activities include test prep elements because theme questions tend to appear frequently on standardized tests. It is designed to teach upper elementary and middle school students how to analyze a reading pas$11.99$22.72Save $10.73
Here is 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 is 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.
********This resource is available in TWO FORMATS:
- TRADITIONAL PRINTABLES- Print the PDF and distribute paper copies to your students to complete.
- TPT EASEL ACTIVITY- I created a new, colorful version for this digital format. Students can complete this activity on a device. Students read each passage and identify its theme. They type the theme on the cupcake's display card.
If you are interested in viewing the DIGITAL VERSION OF THIS CRAFTIVITY that is compatible with GOOGLE SLIDES, click here.
Feel free to check out my other resources for teaching about themes in literature:
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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