Using Details to Determine Theme: The Myth of Cronus

There's nothing like a good theme! After reviewing the story of Cronus, learners participate in a mini lesson plan about theme by pulling papers from an envelope and identifying the writing on it as either a topic or a theme. Readers then divide into their triads and record themes in The Myth of Cronus on chart paper. After viewing the themes on the charts, the class connects the themes in the myth to the themes in The Lightning Thief.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Create a list of well-known or popular themes
Classroom Considerations
  • Lesson 3 of 20 in Grade 6 ELA Module 1, Unit 2
  • Order of lessons matter
  • Uses index cards, markers, envelopes, chart paper
Pros
  • Includes a list of themes and topics for the envelopes
  • Offers an outline to use as a pacing guide for the lesson
Cons
  • None
Common Core