In class, we have been discussing theme in children's literature. This isn't exactly the easiest of topics. In fact, it is something we tackle all year long through these lessons, but as we continue to discuss it, the kids really seem to glom on to the idea of what theme in literature really means (as opposed to main idea.)
This past week, we read the story Elephant in the Dark by Mina Jahaverbin and discussed the underlying themes within the text. Together, we brainstormed what exactly the author was trying to teach us (as opposed to the main idea summary of the text). After much discussion, they all seemed to grasp at least one main theme for the text and I set them off to write a paragraph with the reasons and textual evidence of that theme embedded within. The students used this organizer to help them organize their thoughts.
Once the paragraphs were written, the students broke out a chrome book, logged on to their Google Doc account, and began typing away. They typed up the complete paragraph, which then was saved into their Google Drive.
The final products are not only rigorous academically (because, let's face it, writing a paragraph on the theme of a book with evidence isn't exactly a walk in the park) but looks amazing on the bulletin board!
lessons on theme?? Please share your experiences below!
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