Identifying Themes in Literature

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If your language arts learners have a hard time determining the universal theme of a written work, use a straightforward instructional activity to help them find it. After reviewing a list of common themes, kids note the title, character, plot, point of view, and any symbols or allusions that could point to the most descriptive theme of what they are reading.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use as a book report form for your kids' outside reading
  • Have kids discuss the themes and literary elements in small reading groups
  • Prompt your class to fill out the form when brainstorming a creative story or narrative essay
  • An elegant way to have kids both analyze the elements of their book or short story, as well as to establish the meaning of universal theme
  • Applicable to any narrative work
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