If you use The Hope Chest as a novel study in your class, this theme activity will support students at varying levels to better understand the theme. This can be used before the end of the book to begin thinking about the theme and see how many different parts, character actions, and events work together to help you begin realizing the big message. Students have the option to work on their own or with a partner (or you can help them decide!)
This coordinates well with the Reading Rounds! https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Reading-Response-Menu-8-Response-Pages-w-Rubrics-Making-the-Reading-Rounds-3101333
Level 1: Students match text details with provided themes.
Level 2: Students read 4 text details and determine their own theme statement.
Level 3: Students must cut and sort the details into groups and determine the theme of each group.
-Learning Target Mini-Chart with questions (4 to a page)
-Common Themes in Children’s Literature Handout
-Umbrella Theme Topics and Statements Handout
When I used this with my class, I modeled with Level 2. I used details from the book "Fish in a Tree" to have them make connections between each detail. If you aren't familiar with this book or your class hasn't read it yet, use the blank page to make your own!