Ch 6: Theme & Central Idea Lesson Plans

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Develop engaging lessons that explore theme and central idea using this chapter's lesson plans. Get ideas for lesson topics, discussion questions, activities and more, and take advantage of additional resources that can enrich your lessons.

Theme & Central Idea Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

Lesson plans in this chapter are designed to simplify the process of creating lessons that cover theme and central idea. These plans offer lesson ideas and instructions, discussion topics, recommended materials and other resources and tools to make lesson development easy. Ensure your students fully understand the topics you cover by sharing with them accompanying lessons. Reviewing this chapter can ensure you're prepared to teach the following topics:

  • Main idea for various grade levels
  • Theme in literature
  • Author's purpose
  • how to summarize information
  • Additional theme and central idea topics!

Access the lesson plans at home, school or anywhere with an internet connection to develop your lessons when most convenient. Use quizzes with the accompanying lessons to assess your students' understanding of theme and central idea.

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  • Learning objectives: Shares the concepts your students should understand upon completion of your lessons
  • Discussion topics: Offers a variety of discussion topics/questions that can help you encourage student participation
  • Classwork suggestions: Provides ideas for projects students can complete in class to boost their understanding of theme and central idea

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning theme and central idea lessons easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific literary analysis topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your theme and central idea class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related main idea, theme and summary lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important theme and central idea concepts from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant literary analysis-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

26 Lessons in Chapter 6: Theme & Central Idea Lesson Plans
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Finding & Interpreting the Main Idea in Literature

1. Finding & Interpreting the Main Idea in Literature

Identifying the main idea of a piece of literature is essential to understanding the selection. In this lesson, we will explore the process of finding and interpreting the main idea in a piece of literature.

What is the Main Idea of a Story?

2. What is the Main Idea of a Story?

Have you ever read a story and wondered to yourself, 'What's the main idea of this story?' In this lesson, we'll go over what the main idea of a story is, why it's important and how to find it.

What is Theme in Literature? - Definition & Examples

3. What is Theme in Literature? - Definition & Examples

Understanding a story's theme is critical to deciphering an author's message in a particular piece of writing. In this lesson, we will examine the idea of theme and look at some examples in actual literary works.

Author's Purpose Lesson Plan

4. Author's Purpose Lesson Plan

Students need to know why authors write for both reading comprehension and writing skills. Use this Study.com lesson plan to teach students about author's purpose. Hands on activity included.

Author's Purpose: Definition & Examples

5. Author's Purpose: Definition & Examples

This lesson explains the purpose behind various types of writing. In addition, author's purpose is defined using examples to illustrate the explanations.

What is a Summary? - Definition & Concept

6. What is a Summary? - Definition & Concept

In this lesson you'll learn what summaries are and how they differ from other forms of condensed writing. You'll also be shown an example of a summary, and what should and should not be included in a summary paragraph.

Summarizing Information to Demonstrate Understanding

7. Summarizing Information to Demonstrate Understanding

How can you show you comprehend what you have read? One strategy is to summarize information. This lesson discusses three methods for summarizing that can demonstrate reading comprehension.

Key Ideas & Details Lesson Plan

8. Key Ideas & Details Lesson Plan

Teach your students how to identify the main idea and supporting details of a passage with this lesson plan. Students practice identifying main idea and details along with the video lesson, then apply concepts to an activity.

How to Explain the Main Point through Supporting Details

9. How to Explain the Main Point through Supporting Details

In this lesson, you'll learn how to identify the supporting details that explain the main idea being presented in a piece of literature. You will also learn different strategies that can be applied to future questions about the main idea.

Main Idea & Details Games & Activities

10. Main Idea & Details Games & Activities

Students need to be able to extract the main idea and supporting details from a text. These classroom games and activities will help them learn how to do that.

Summarization Activities

11. Summarization Activities

Summarizing is an important skill to have for a variety of academic disciplines. This lesson provides summarization activities teachers can use with middle and high school students.

Author's Purpose Games & Activities

12. Author's Purpose Games & Activities

Author's purpose is an important aspect of writing to teach to your students. This lesson outlines some classroom activities and games to get your students engaged in learning this concept.

Realism vs. Naturalism in Literature Lesson Plan

13. Realism vs. Naturalism in Literature Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, your students are going to compare realism and naturalism in literature, apply those ideas to an actual literary work and practice applying it to their own creative writing.

Realism vs. Naturalism in Literature

14. Realism vs. Naturalism in Literature

This lesson will define literary realism and naturalism, examine the key difference between the two, provide some historical context, and offer some well-known examples of each type.

Context Lesson Plan

15. Context Lesson Plan

What is context and how does it help us understand things? This lesson plan uses an engaging video lesson to outline key facts about context for students. A team activity illuminates the value of context.

What is Context? - Definition & Application

16. What is Context? - Definition & Application

In writing, context is the information surrounding the information. Without context, information can be misinterpreted; with context, information can be understood.

Theme Lesson Plan for Elementary School

17. Theme Lesson Plan for Elementary School

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.

Finding the Theme or Central Idea Lesson Plan

18. Finding the Theme or Central Idea Lesson Plan

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.

Theme Development Analysis Lesson Plan

19. Theme Development Analysis Lesson Plan

This lesson plan is designed to help teachers teach their students about theme development. Students will learn how to use information about the characters, plot, and setting in a story to determine the theme.

Main Idea Lesson Plan

20. Main Idea Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to help you teach your students about the main idea of a text. In it, you will find a text lesson that outlines the concepts before working through an example as a class. Then, challenge students to work together to find a couple stories' main ideas.

Summarizing Lesson Plan

21. Summarizing Lesson Plan

Introduce the concept of summarizing to your students with a Study.com lesson, followed by a discussion of the main components. Then use another lesson to teach students strategies to use when summarizing. Practice with text.

Theme Lesson Plan

22. Theme Lesson Plan

Use this Study.com lesson plan to teach your students about theme in literature. Use our lesson as a starting point, practice finding themes, and then allow students to work with song lyrics to find theme and supporting evidence.

Main Idea Lesson Plan for 1st-3rd Grades

23. Main Idea Lesson Plan for 1st-3rd Grades

Use this Study.com lesson plan to teach students what is meant by the term 'main idea' and give them strategies for identifying a main idea in text. Then, use familiar stories to practice finding main idea and play a game to reinforce concepts.

Main Idea Lesson Plan for 4th-6th Grades

24. Main Idea Lesson Plan for 4th-6th Grades

Amp up your instruction on main idea with an informative text lesson and multi-step in class activity that shapes student understanding. Students will also get the chance to demonstrate their learning with a pen, pair and share project. Additional resources and suggestions for related activities are included to further instruction.

Main Idea Activities for 3rd Grade

25. Main Idea Activities for 3rd Grade

This asset includes activities for students to find the main idea in fiction, informational text, and peer writing. It also provides an activity for students to develop main idea statements for paragraph writing.

Somebody Wanted But So Then Activities

26. Somebody Wanted But So Then Activities

Somebody-Wanted-But-So-Then is a summary structure that enables students to carefully review the details of a story. These activities will give you a chance to engage elementary students with one another as they learn and apply this summary strategy.

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