Themes in Reading: Four Targeted Tri-folds

Themes in Reading: Four Targeted Tri-folds
Themes in Reading: Four Targeted Tri-folds
Themes in Reading: Four Targeted Tri-folds
Themes in Reading: Four Targeted Tri-folds
Themes in Reading: Four Targeted Tri-folds
Themes in Reading: Four Targeted Tri-folds
Themes in Reading: Four Targeted Tri-folds
Themes in Reading: Four Targeted Tri-folds
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  1. This reading bundle includes ten sets of reading tri-folds! The tri-fold sets target reading skills including main idea, inferences, theme, plot, author's purpose, citing text evidence, writing nonfiction summaries, context clues, cause & effect, and figurative language. Most of the sets includ
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These four print-and-go tri-folds target the skill of determining the theme of a piece of literature. You can use these theme tri-folds over the course of 4 days to provide targeted instruction on this topic.

As I was creating these tri-folds, I pictured myself using them with small groups of students. Specifically, I envisioned sitting around a table with a group of students who could benefit from targeted instruction and who needed additional opportunities to practice identifying the theme after reading. That being said, however, you can also successfully use these tri-folds in a large group setting or assign them as independent work.

The tri-folds progress from basic to more complex. Answer keys are included, along with additional teacher notes for EACH tri-fold. CHECK OUT THE PREVIEW to get a good feel for what you will get if you choose to purchase this resource.

Tri-fold #1: The main purpose of Book #1 is to teach students what a theme is, and to introduce them to common themes so they can hear how themes “sound”. A definition for "theme" is provided on Panel A, and Panel B features a list of common themes. On Panel C, students read a short passage and identify the theme. On the final two panels, a short book summary is provided, and students must choose which of the four themes listed matches the book summary.

Tri-fold #2: Students begin by differentiating between "main idea" and "theme" on Panel A. The main objective for the rest of Book #2 is to help students understand that the theme is explicitly stated occasionally, but most of the time, it needs to be inferred. This tri-fold features four different reading passages.

Tri-fold #3: The primary purpose of this tri-fold is to show students that a book or passage may have more than one theme. Two longer reading passages are included, and students must identify two possible themes for each passage. On the final panel, students are given the opportunity to “be the author”. They are given a theme, and they must plan a story that conveys the theme.

Tri-fold #4: The main objective for this tri-fold is expose students to multiple choice questions related to identifying the theme of a reading passage. Students will likely encounter questions like these on standardized tests. This tri-fold includes 4 different passages followed by 4 multiple choice questions.

Feel free to take a peek at my other tri-folds! Just click on the links below!

Main Idea: Targeted Tri-folds

Making Inferences: Targeted Tri-folds

Plot: Targeted Tri-folds

Author's Purpose: Targeted Tri-folds

Citing Text Evidence: Targeted Tri-folds

Writing a Nonfiction Summary: Targeted Tri-folds

Context Clues: Targeted Tri-folds

Cause and Effect: Targeted Tri-folds


This resource is also included in my TRI-FOLDS BUNDLE. {CLICK HERE.}


If you are looking for more products for teaching theme, check these out!
Teaching Theme 1 week {BUNDLE}: Power Point, Task Cards, Theme-Filled Cupcake Craftivity, Worksheets, and Lesson Plans
Theme Filled Cupcakes Craftivity: including 4 passages!
Teaching Theme: An Introduction Power Point
Identifying Themes: Three Worksheets
Theme Task Cards (16 passages with two options for responses)

By Deb Hanson 2018

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