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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. This lesson focuses on vocabulary, building background knowledge, and analyzing theme.
Why should your class complete a story map? After reading Bud, Not Buddy, divide your class into pairs or small groups to complete the included worksheet. They list the main characters, the conflict, main plot events, the resolution, and decide on the story's theme. A good closing activity to briefly review the main story elements. An example story map is also included.
When composing a narrative piece, writers can use dialogue to express a theme. In between this video and the previous video in the series, class members should have written a rough draft of their fictional narrative. The narrator expresses how to incorporate dialogue to express a theme by revising her draft. The video also refers to an earlier lesson about theme, so be sure your class has had some previous instruction on theme before they revise their drafts to include theme. Although most videos from this site provide slides, there are none here. However, the lesson is still strong and worth a look.
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.
Learners with multiple disabilities need to engage in projects that push them to know their full potential. They need to be able to express themselves in a variety of ways, and this very thoughtful lesson does just that. They make a collaborative tactile quilt based on a given a theme. Each child writes or dictates a story related to the overarching theme, then works with assistance to design and construct a quilt square representing his themed expository piece. This is an excellent idea that can be used to foster social, academic, and self-efficacy skills in learners of any ability level or age.
High schoolers, in groups, research the setting, food, and entertainment of a selection of literature. They design costumes, menus, and theme parks from the piece of literature as well. Then they present their projects to the class after they have written scripts. Note: The attached worksheet "Literature Land Theme Park Rubric" cannot currently be found on the Scholastic website.
An extensive lesson on art analysis, storytelling, critical thinking, and observation awaits your class! They learn to observe and read art the way they would a story; paying attention to details, historical context, and visual cues that describe a place, time, and thought. The lesson is broken into four parts, where learners discuss what they see, review content specific vocabulary, and finally create a work of art that expresses a story. Note: The lesson could be used in either an art or language class.
Study compound words and interjections with this packet. Start by underlining misspelled words in a story, and then using a set of compound words in a series of sentences. Then identify misspelled words that use consonant doubling. Finally, focus on irregular verbs and complete a crossword puzzle.
After reviewing the story of Noah's Ark (suggested text: Lucy Cousins' retelling), you read to the class the beginning of Noah and the Space Ark by Laura Cecil. Partners predict how the story might progress and end. Then compare predictions with the text after a compete reading. A week-long series of activities, but with older students, you could complete this in a single day.
What is theme? How do you figure out the theme of a story? How is the theme developed? How is the theme expressed? These and other questions are answered by a presentation that not only defines the term but also provides easy to understand examples. The presentation ends with a practice exercise.
Universal themes found throughout the world in the form of stories is the topic of today's lesson. Upper graders analyze the cultural context of the Mithila piece, Hanuman. They consider the universal themes the image depicts and how the image is a representation of traditional Hindu tales. They then create a comic strip that retells the story of Hanuman.
Introduce your secondary readers to the elements and characteristics of short stories. As a class, they read a short story answering questions as the story continues. In groups, they complete post-reading activities and compare their own short stories. Though this resource is heavily scripted, it is missing a clear overall objective and clarity. Questions and short story terminology definitions are included.
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 Munoz 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. Every step is detailed, and every material is provided in this intelligently sequenced plan, which is part of a series.
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. Conduct a whole-class discussion on this activity, leaving some time to perform the two-voice poems that were written previously. Part of a well-sequenced series, the lesson will help wrap up the novel and big ideas.
Identifying themes in literature is the focus of the language arts lesson plan presented here. Learners read short pieces of fiction and practice the skill of identifying the themes present in each one. The bulk of the activity consists of a whole-group activity. A piece of writing is read aloud, and everyone works together to come up with the themes present in each of the stories. Groups of pupils then come up with their own piece of fiction, present it to the class, and the other students discuss the themes that they heard in the story.