This Theme Hustle game gives students valuable -- and fun -- practice in finding universal themes in literature.
First, the class reads a poem together, and the teacher reminds the students that a universal theme is a repeated concept that can apply to any people at any time. Then the teacher gives one letter of the alphabet and sets a timer. The students must list as many universal themes starting with that letter as they can find in that poem. Then the students read their universal themes, and cross off any that their classmates also have. This promotes creativity and heightened analysis, as students will want to have the most unique themes possible!
My students' understanding and appreciation for literary themes skyrockets when we play this game in my classroom. If it sounds like something your students would enjoy, as well, please download the free preview to see if this game will meet your needs.
This product includes the following:
1 Page Teaching Instructions
2 Game Sheets (1 Color and 1 Blackline)
5 Original Poem Handouts (Optional for Game Use)
This game is also available as part of a larger Middle School ELA Game Bundle, which is discounted by 20% and is available here:
Middle School ELA Game Bundle
I hope your students enjoy this theme activity as much as mine have!
Created by the Distinguished English Teacher