Understanding Theme Mentor Text Lesson

Thyme to Read
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2nd - 5th, Homeschool
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  1. Mentor texts are books that will help you to provide direct instruction and modeling for a specific skill. In this bundle, I have recommended FOUR SEASONAL BOOKS and provided lesson materials for you to introduce Descriptive Language, Inferencing, Theme and Paraphrasing to your students. → What is
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Theme can be a hard comprehension skill to master. By using a mentor text, you will be able to model how to use plot, character traits and the problem/solution of a story to uncover the theme. Little Tree by Loren Long is a wonderful mentor text to help you teach your students about theme.

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→ What is included in this resource?
- This resource comes with a full common core aligned lesson suggestion for implementation, as well as anchor chart posters to help your students understand theme better.
- Common Themes in literature posters
- Differentiated graphic notes
- Critical thinking discussion questions
- Reflection questions
- Answer keys
- Google Slide compatible, paperless versions of student materials.

→ How can this resources support your students?
Whether your are introducing theme for the first time, providing re-teaching/practice for your students, or trying to assess their mastery of theme, this resource can support your students.
Together, you and your students can collect title that illustrate the different themes outlined in the "common theme posters". By constantly having your students on the lookout for common themes, they will continue to practice this skill until it becomes habit to think about. The critical thinking questions will get your students collaborating and help them to bridge the connection between the lesson the character learned, to how they can apply this lesson to their own life.

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 remain 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.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.
Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.


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