Finding the Theme or Central Idea Lesson Plan

Instructor: Bethany Calderwood

Bethany has taught special education in grades PK-5 and has a master's degree in special education.

In this lesson plan about theme or central idea, students will view a video lesson, participate in interactive activities to find the theme of a variety of books and movies, and learn about using textual evidence to support their statement of theme.

Lesson Objectives

As a result of this lesson, the students will be able to:

  • define theme and central idea
  • identify the theme or central idea of a text
  • write an argument explaining the theme of a text and giving evidence from that text

Length

  • The activities in this lesson will take about an hour. The writing project might require a little extra time.

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.8.2

Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.1.B

Support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant evidence, using accurate, credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text.

Vocabulary and Phrases

  • Theme
  • Central idea

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