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Theme Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Understanding and identifying theme in stories is an important skill for readers to develop. This lesson plan uses a video lesson to teach what theme is and how to identify, then guides students through practice in a fun way.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'theme'
  • identify themes in stories
  • explain how identifying theme increases comprehension in reading

Length

1 - 1.5 hours

Materials

  • Copies of familiar stories, such as Goldilocks
  • Copies of short story books on students' independent reading levels
  • Clean, empty plastic bottles

Key Vocabulary

  • Theme
  • Inference
  • Main idea

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.2

Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.4

Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.1

Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.3

Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character's thoughts, words, or actions).

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