Theme can be a hard comprehension skill to master. Teaching with mentor texts can help your students better understand these more complex skills. Using the book Little Tree by Loren Long, your students will be asked to summarize the text, identify problem/solution and analyze the character the uncover the theme of this text.
The differentiated graphic notes in this download are perfect for either an introduction lesson, you are modeling a think aloud about uncovering theme, or it can be used to guide your students to discover the theme of this text independently. Critical thinking questions are also available to facilitate a carousel discussion in small groups. A lesson plan is also included to help inspire implementation in your classroom.
Finally, in this download are anchor charts to help your students understand what theme is, and why it is important to understand while reading.
About the mentor text: Little Tree is about a tree who loves life, and cherishes its' leaves, so it holds onto the leaves throughout several seasons and as a result remains unchanged. Everything grows and changes around the tree, but it continues to hold onto the leaves. After much time, the tree comes to realize the decision it must make, and embraces change and growth. The tree drops its' leaves and grows into a large, strong tree.
Looking for more mentor text lessons:
Spring Text for Descriptive Language
Summer Text for Making Inferences
If you have an questions about the resource, or any other Thyme to Read resource, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Created by: Thyme to Read