Themes in Reading: Four Targeted Tri-folds | PDF and Digital | Distance Learning

Deb Hanson

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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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Learning Objective

Students read multiple passages and infer a theme for each.


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.

These themes in literature trifolds 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 available in TWO FORMATS:

1. TRADITIONAL PRINTABLES- Print the PDF and distribute paper copies to your students to complete.

2. TPT DIGITAL ACTIVITY- With this format, an interactive layer has been added to the original PDF!** This paperless version uses text boxes so that your students can complete it on a device. You can assign it to your students via Google Drive, and they can return it to you to review. Click on the Getting Started Guide to learn more about this version of the activity!

If you are looking for more products for teaching theme, check these out!

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)

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Total Pages
23 pages
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Teaching Duration
4 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.


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