Asking the Right Questions

It can be difficult to find the theme of a book or story if you don't know the questions to ask. Teach your kids to discern the universal theme in works of literature with a set of activities that promote critical thinking and active reading.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use in a literary elements unit, or when discussing theme
  • Keep the list of themes as a reference for additional story or novel units
  • See if kids can identify books they have read that align with as many of the listed themes as possible
  • Modify the comprehension questions to reflect the piece of writing your kids are studying in class
Classroom Considerations

  • Graphic organizer and questions worksheet have a specific story in the title, but the actual worksheet could be applicable to any story or book
Pros

  • Applicable to different stories
  • Questions are thought-provoking and prompt kids to reflect on what they have read
  • Defines the difference between theme and other literary concepts
Cons

  • None