Theme Teacher Resources
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Express Yourself Lesson Seed 15: Theme
Build understanding of theme with an activity designed for The Cay and the Common Core. Small groups or pairs use graphic organizers to determine themes, find and record related details from the text, and formulate theme statements.
6th Language Arts 24 Views 19 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Events That Support a Theme
Read the story Mufaro's Beautiful Daughter by John Steptoe to your class, then have them identify story events that support a given theme. They read Boundless Grace by Mary Hoffman and complete a worksheet in which they list examples of text that support that story's theme.
4th - 5th Language Arts 53 Views 161 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Catching the Sun: Tales from Asia
Explore the folklore of Asia and the South Pacific with this language arts lesson series. Complementing a reading of Catching the Sun: Tales from Asia by Jan M. Mike, this resource supports learners with understanding cause and effect relationships and identifying the moral or theme in each of the book's four stories.
3rd - 6th Language Arts 35 Views 27 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
The Man Who Planted Trees
Grow an understanding of short story with a well-sequenced plan built around an Academy Award-winning short film. Class members explore the elements of an effective short story, and practice writing their own. They also watch the short film (about 30 minutes long) and read the accompanying transcript.
9th - 12th Language Arts 45 Views 25 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Small Group Discussion Questions
Support a class reading of the novel Song of the Trees by Mildred D. Taylor with this series of discussion questions. Covering a variety of topics from character and setting to historical accuracy and symbolism, these questions challenge young readers to think critically about the story.
3rd - 7th Language Arts 16 Views 12 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Lesson Plan: Indian Camp By Ernest Hemingway
“Indian Camp” provides readers an opportunity to develop their literary analysis skills by examining the imagery, symbolism, protagonist, antagonist, and setting of Ernest Hemingway’s short story. The packet includes pre-reading activities, including a prediction and a character recognition chart, a vocabulary graphic organizer, and comprehension questions.
9th - 12th Language Arts 18 Views 14 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Building Relationships: The Orphan of Ellis Island
Family and friendship are two very important themes of the historical fiction novel The Orphan of Ellis Island by Elvira Woodruff. From video clips and writing prompts to reader's theater and family interviews, this resource provides numerous activities that engage children in learning more about these important aspects of life.
K - 6th Language Arts 36 Views 19 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Express Yourself Lesson Seed 2
Use Langston Hughes's poem, "Words Like Freedom," to explore the concepts of freedom and liberty. Learners read the poem, determine the theme, and use the provided graphic organizer to examine the connotative and denotative meanings of the words freedom and liberty.
6th Language Arts 16 Views 12 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Reading Literature - Romeo and Juliet
“What is the theme of this story?” Now there’s a question all pupils dread. Rather than encountering a sea of faces that look like they were painted by Edward Munch, face a classroom filled with smiles and confidence. Show your readers how to determine the theme of a work.
11th - 12th All 20 Views 45 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Understanding Themes in Esperanza Rising
Determining a theme or central idea is greatly emphasized in the Common Core standards. Target that skill though big metaphors and central symbols in Pam Muñoz Ryan's Esperanza Rising. Help your class reach the standard through discussion, close reading, text-based questions, a kinesthetic opinion survey, and a brief writing assignment.
5th - 7th Language Arts 93 Views 159 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Revisiting Big Metaphors and Themes: Revising and Beginning to Perform Two-Voice Poems
Now that your class has read all of Esperanza Rising, take the time to tackle big metaphors and themes. Pupils will participate in an activity called Chalk Talk, in which they circulate around the room in small groups and add comments to charts that are labeled with five metaphors in the novel.
5th - 7th Language Arts 61 Views 85 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Express Yourself Lesson Seed 12: Story Event
Focus on plot and the impact-specific events in The Cay. Class members use their double-entry journals, created in a previous lesson in this series, to record their thinking about the guiding question as they read chapters 15 through 17.
6th Language Arts 11 Views 7 Downloads CCSS: Designed
A Wizard of Earthsea: Themes of the Novel
Building off the homework assignment from the previous instructional activity in this series, class members explore themes in Ursula K. Le Guin's novel A Wizard of Earthsea through discussion and a writing activity. Pupils share their homework and discuss the listed subjects before writing a quick overview of how they would teach the novel.
7th - 12th Language Arts 3 Views 0 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Edgar Allan Poe Short Story WebQuest
Introduce your class to Edgar Allan Poe with a series of mostly self-guided tasks and assignments. Class members follow the list of tasks, starting by watching a video with background information and ending with a compare-and-contrast essay.
6th - 8th Language Arts 61 Views 39 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Read-Aloud Lesson: Officer Buckle and Gloria
The children's book Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann is a great story for teaching young learners about teamwork and the importance of following rules. In a detailed, read-aloud lesson, children learn to use both the words and illustrations to draw inferences and understand the problems and solutions presented in a book.
1st - 3rd Language Arts 253 Views 177 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Reading Literature - An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
“An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,” Ambrose Bierce’s short story, is used to model how structural moves, the decisions an author makes about setting, point of view, time order, etc., can be examined to reveal an author’s purpose. Groups examine the three parts of the story and collect evidence to show how the point of view, tone, and mood change in each part.
11th - 12th Language Arts 11 Views 9 Downloads CCSS: Designed
A Ghost Story
How do events, characters, setting, and tone work together to create an engaging short story? Would the impact or theme of a story be different if one of these elements were changed? After reading Mark Twain's slightly screwy "A Ghost Story," groups identify the various components of the tale and then individuals craft an additional paragraph that alters one of the elements of the story.
9th - 12th Language Arts 33 Views 20 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Activity I: Exploring Theme
All stories contain themes. Examine the theme of an assigned story (the lesson suggests To Kill a Mockingbird). Your class can either read a story or watch a DVD to analyze the main theme of the story. They identify terms such as theme, conflict, dialogue, characterization, repetition, and symbol.
9th - 12th Language Arts 26 Views 110 Downloads
New Review Character in Place: Eudora Welty’s “A Worn Path” for the Common Core
How do writers use the interaction between elements like characterization and setting to create meaning? Readers of "A Worn Path" create a series of comic book-style graphics of Eudora Welty's short story and reflect on how Welty uses these elements to develop her theme.
9th - 12th Language Arts 3 Views 4 Downloads CCSS: Designed
New Review Their Eyes Were Watching God: Themes of the Novel
Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God presents three strong central themes: a woman's voice, race, and religion. After finishing the novel for homework the night before, kids address these themes in a discussion and writing assignment with three discussion questions for each.
9th - 12th Language Arts 3 Views 1 Download CCSS: Adaptable