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Reading Literature - Romeo and Juliet

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
“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...
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Comparing and Contrasting

For Teachers 3rd Standards
Teach your third graders to compare and contrast literary elements in two different works on related topics. A pre-assessment activity asks young readers to identify story elements such as character, setting, plot, and main idea. Pairs...
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Exploring Themes in Literature: The Oral Tradition

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Are you are considering a unit on Beowulf or Superman, on myths, or tricksters? Here's a great overview you can use to launch a study of universal themes and archetypes. The focus here is on the oral tradition, but the concepts apply to...
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Awesome Stories: Vincent van Gogh

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
Who was Vincent van Gogh? Most of the questions can be answered in two or three sentences; however, there is at least one essay prompt and one personal response question that require longer answers. Questions call for a good mix of...
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Prometheus Bound: Rebel with a Cause

For Teachers 9th - 12th
If you are teaching Aeschylus' Prometheus Bound, you can't afford to miss this source. An extensive list of ideas outlines numerous discussion topics, writing prompts, comprehension questions, oral presentations, and projects. Have class...
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Daughters Come of Age in Women's Fiction

For Teachers 7th - 10th Standards
Introduce your young readers to fiction written by women authors. For each story, they explore the way these daughters discover and claim their own identities. Individually, class members use the literature to examine their role in their...
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Morality "Tails" East and West: European Fables and Buddhist Jataka Tales

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Have your class explore Buddhist Jataka Tales to compare and contrast them to European fables. After defining fables, Jataka tales, and the elements of each, learners identify themes and patterns for both types of narratives and the...
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Primary Sources and Protagonists: A Native American Literature Unit

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Introduce your middle schoolers to the lives of past Native Americans. First, learners work together to put photographs in a sequence. Then, using their sequence, they create stories to share with the whole class. No matter how old your...
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Reurring Symbols in Young Adult Literature

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Learners explore the ways symbolism is used and develop skill in identifying and relating symbols used in literature. They focus on the common symbols of adolescence and maturation by doing independent reading and teacher conferences,...
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Part One: Discovering Universal Themes

For Teachers 9th - 12th
In this The Catcher in the Rye universal themes worksheet, students define and identify the 8 themes featured in a graphic organizer. In addition, students justify each may be a universal theme.
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Lesson 3: A Poem's Theme

For Teachers 5th Standards
Leaf by Leaf: Autumn Poems by Barbara Rogasky is the foundation of this lesson on theme identification. Critical thinkers read three different poems from the book then attempt to find the message the author is sending her readers. They...
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Dr. Seuss and Universal Themes

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Discover some of the themes of Dr. Seuss's major books. They see that despite being written for young people, Dr. Seuss' books contain powerful messages and important themes.
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For Teachers 6th - 12th
Identifying the theme of a piece is crucial to understanding. Using the play Romeo and Juliet as an example, the concept of theme is explored in a video of a classroom lecture.
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Children's Books Teach Diversity, Respect

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students compare aspects of children's books that teach diversity and respect. They examine universal values such as courage and bravery, respect and apathy. They create a final project based on their ability to recognize the values in...
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Project Love: Why Is It Important To Learn How to Read and Write?

For Teachers K - 3rd
Help your class make meaning of text by using key themes and photographs. They think about how learning to read and write can help them accomplish anything they want to do. After working in small groups to develop examples of one of the...
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Civil War Research Project

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Give your WWI study collaborative energy using a group research project. Groups are assigned one of the six main themes (included). Each group has an outline to guide research but will need an assignment guide. Consider supplementing the...
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Idea-Noun Definition: Source Searching

For Teachers 11th - 12th
A great idea for showing language arts pupils the universality of themes, even in the real world! Have class members choose an idea-noun (peace, justice, war, love, etc.) at the beginning of the year or semester. They complete weekly...
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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian: Themes Quiz

For Students 8th - 11th
Bring your class to the computer lab to complete these multiple choice questions about the themes of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. They may check their answers on this timed quiz.
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Comparing Works By The Same Author: Venn Diagram

For Teachers 5th - 8th
A Venn diagram is a great tool. Middle schoolers research specific authors from different time periods, cultures, and genres. In groups, they create a Venn Diagram in order to compare and contrast two pieces of literature by the same...
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Story Themes: Two Version of Noah's Ark

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
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...
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Communicating Feelings through

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders use subjects, themes, and symbols to communicate meaning in their own works of art. They describe the origins of specific images and ideas and explain why they are of value in their artwork and in the work of others.
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Theme: The Outsiders Chapters 10-12

For Teachers 8th - 10th
In this theme worksheet, students examine quotes from The Outsiders and determine what the theme is for each. Students are also given themes and asked to find an example for each from chapters 10-12 in The Outsiders.
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Comparing Themes Across Texts

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Read various texts to compare the themes across each text. Learners write a journal entry describing the most beautiful scenery they've seen and use a map of the United States to locate the Sequoia National Park and Muir Woods. They then...
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Compare and Contrast Two Books

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Help your middle school readers recognize the elements of fiction in two books. After reading and taking notes on the details of the books, they write an essay comparing and contrasting the two books. Use this lesson to emphasize...