The big idea is this! We are learning how to determine central ideas or themes of a text and summarize the key supporting details and ideas. For the next two weeks, you will practice and apply your knowledge of theme. (Two weeks? Why, yes, alert readers, this is your Holiday Homework. You’re welcome!)
To begin, review this Theme PowerPoint to learn about Big Ideas, what theme is and is not, and how to evaluate theme.
Then, watch this Theme Tutorial to increase and solidify your understanding of theme.
Now, it is your turn to create a story and determine its theme. Click on Creating a Theme Practice to try it out. Fun!!!
Finally, you are ready to apply your knowledge of theme and supporting details with your daily reading!
Your mission over Winter Break: Write a Response to Literature paragraph about the central theme of your book.
- Choose a fabulous AR chapter book.
- Read for a minimum of 45 minutes daily.
- As you read, think about the “Big Ideas” or themes in your book.
- Make a List of Themes that appear in your book.
- Choose one central theme.
- Write notes on the details that support this central theme.
- Review how to write a Response to Literature paragraph.
- Write a Response to Literature paragraph on the book’s central theme.
- Evaluate your writing by completing the Central Theme Writing Rubric.
- Submit your paragraph on Monday, January 6, 2014. 🙂
Here are a few more tools to help you:
- How to Write a Response to Literature (components and tips)
- Themes (a list of themes in popular literature)
- Traits and Themes (a list of character traits and related themes)
- Transitional Devices (a list of transitional words and phrases)
Sweet themes, sixth-grade scholars!