Determining Theme

Our Determining Theme lesson plan teaches students strategies for determining the theme of stories, fables, novels, and other types of text. Students practice reading text and identifying themes using the strategies presented in this lesson.

Our Determining Theme lesson plan includes strategies to determine the theme of stories, fables, novels, and other types of text. Determining theme will allow students to bring more value to their reading choices, whether it’s a story, fable, article or another type of text. During this lesson, students are asked to cooperatively work with a partner to develop and write a short story, determining the themes of the story and having the option to present their story to the class, strengthening presentation and public speaking skills. Students are also asked to match the theme to the message in order to demonstrate their understanding.

At the end of the lesson, students will be able to determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.


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4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

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    Thomas B.
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    Another excellent resource!!

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    Valerie B.
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    Great lesson

    This was a great resource to use for small group and individual practice. This lesson comes with multiple practice sheets to check for understanding or exit tickets.