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 Are you looking for an enticing way to introduce identifying the theme of a story to your students? This lesson on identifying the theme of a text was created by Jennifer Bauer as an introductory lesson to understanding and analyzing a text to identify a common theme within the text. This lesson engages students by using the read aloud "Salt in His Shoes", a storybook on Michael Jordan's struggles as an adolescent, as a way to gain an understanding of the literary element of theme. This English Language Arts lesson is designed for Grades 3-5, but could also be adapted for middle school students as well. This lesson plan addresses the following NDE Standards: LA 3.1.6.d Summarize a literary text and/or media, using key details to identify the theme. LA 4.1.6.d Summarize a literary text and/or media, using key details to identify the theme. LA 5.1.6.d Summarize and analyze a literary text and/or media, using key details to explain the theme.It is expected that this lesson will take students 60 minutes to complete.
Subject:
Literature, Elementary Education, English Language Arts, Reading Foundation Skills
Level:
Upper Primary, Middle School
Material Type:
Homework/Assignment
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Date Added:
07/24/2020
License:
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Language:
English
Media Format:
Downloadable docs, Video

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Anny Paulino on Nov 09, 10:55pm

The lesson is well aligned with the grade-level standards. The text "Salt in My Shoe" is engaging and
age-appropriate. I like how the lesson is laid out with building prior knowledge, a video of the read-aloud, and
questions at the end of the read-aloud align with the learning standards of the theme.

Anny Paulino
on Nov 09, 10:49pm Evaluation

Quality of Assessments: Strong (2)

I really like this lesson, but feel like the assessment could have been a bit better by allowing students to take full control over identifying the theme. Maybe having students discuss and complete the worksheet first and then joining the teacher to share their findings.

Anny Paulino
on Nov 09, 10:49pm Evaluation

Utility of Materials Designed to Support Teaching: Superior (3)

Great choice of text! I think this read aloud really leads itself in a theme lesson. And students can relate to the story.

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