Author:
Beth Einspahr
Subject:
Educational Technology, Elementary Education, English Language Arts, Reading Literature
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Level:
Upper Primary
Tags:
  • 5th Grade
  • 6th Grade
  • ELA
  • English Language Arts
  • Hidden Figures
  • Literature Instruction
  • NE ELA
  • Nebraska Department of Education
  • Reading Instruction
  • Theme
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    Creative Commons Attribution
    Language:
    English
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    Education Standards

    Sentence- Phrase-Word- Understanding Theme & Big Ideas

    Sentence- Phrase-Word- Understanding Theme & Big Ideas

    Overview

    This is an activity that includes student's own ideas and beliefs about the central ideas and important parts of the text. Students will also do a bit of writing to support their opinions. This activity gets at the heart of a text. I see this as introductory to deeper dives into theme. This lesson could be structured to be online or face to face. This is written as a class activity but an online discussion could easily be created after students had followed the protocol a few times and seen the discussion that results. This could easily work in many classrooms through high school.

    Goal: Who knew that finding just one sentence, one phrase, and one word could have so much meaning for a piece of reading? Today my challenge is for you to think about your reading and find meaningful pieces that are important to the story and you.

     

     

    Directions:

    I can analyze and describe elements of literary text (e.g., theme). NE.LA 5.1.6.B

    I can summarize and analyze a literary text and/or media, using key details to explain the theme. NE.LA 5.1.6.D

    Success Criteria: I can choose a meaningful sentence, phrase, and word from a whole text and explain why it is important to the meaning of the text.

    I will model this lesson using a song like Dolly Parton's "Coat of Many Colors" and have a discussion around this shorter song lyric before I tried a longer chapter of a novel.  

    I plan to eventually have students do an online discussion in Schoology once they understand how this works and feel comfortable. I think this would elicit interesting online dialogue and allow for the quieter voices to be heard.

    This is a great way to begin looking at theme before diving deeper. 

    I can analyze and describe elements of literary text (e.g., theme). NE.LA 5.1.6.B

    I can summarize and analyze a literary text and/or media, using key details to explain the theme. NE.LA 5.1.6.D

    SUCCESS CRITERIA- I will know if I am successful if I can choose a meaningful sentence, phrase, and word from a whole text and explain why it is important to the meaning of the text.

    Steps:

    1. You will read a chapter of a book, song lyrics, essay, or a short story. This will be whatever your teacher assigns you to read. 

    As you read note important sentences, phrases, or words that stand out as being very meaningful. You may want to use post it notes to mark places in the book or underline as you go.  Then at the end you can make your final decisions because you will know the whole story.  Think about what are the big ideas? What is important? What stands out to you?  This is pushing you to think about the themes of this reading.

    2. When you are finished reading:

    Fill in the worksheet below with a sentence , (copy this sentence exactly as it appears in the text using quotes)  phrase ("... write phrase"  OR  "Write phrase...") and word.  

    Be ready to share you ideas with your classmates in a discussion. You will need to think about your reasons for choosing any of the 3 choices.  

    Pick the choice you feel the strongest about and complete the bottom reflective piece.  Please tell why you chose this and why it is meaningful to you and the text.  There are many lines so you have plenty of room to explain.

    Use this link to fill out the reflection:

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/14UCvofeMVADeFokI7YeZN9OIbgqvk3R2c_B3jNoIPH4/copy

     

    Assessment:  Formative Assessment:  Observation in Discussions

                                                                  Student Reflection Form

                                                                  Ask students to guage their "temperature" of how they feel about their

                                                                       ability to reach the success criteria.