RL.5.2 Lesson Plans

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.2

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"Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text."

These lesson plans can help students practice this Common Core State Standards skill.

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Searching for Ethics
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Searching for Ethics
Help students understand ethics and how it relates to life in the classroom with this lesson that has them use their own independent reading books to find relevant situations.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Reading Closely
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Reading Closely
Young readers will love this story-filled reading comprehension lesson. It's packed with engaging exercises designed to help students become better at looking for details and annotating passages of text.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Determining the Theme of a Poem
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Determining the Theme of a Poem
Give your class a deeper understanding of theme with this art and poetry-focused lesson plan about theme. By the end of the lesson, students will understand what theme is and how to determine theme in a piece of writing, such as a poem.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Mythological Creature: Vampire
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Mythological Creature: Vampire
Bram Stoker's Dracula has inspired feelings of fear and morbid curiosity for over a century. With this lesson plan, your students will get a taste of the literary work while learning about the myth behind vampires.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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What's the Theme? Analyzing Character Motivation
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What's the Theme? Analyzing Character Motivation
Bring theme to life with Chris Van Allsburg's *The Sweetest Fig*, a story with a great message for young readers to discover. This lesson pairs a wonderful read-aloud with activities and fun videos to keep your students engaged.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Peter Pan and Neverland 5: Understanding Peter
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Peter Pan and Neverland 5: Understanding Peter
Goodbye London, hello Neverland. In this lesson, students will complete the final pages of their Peter Pan and Neverland workbooks by taking a more in-depth look at Peter's full character and what possibilities Neverland might hold.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Comparing and Contrasting Book Series
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Comparing and Contrasting Book Series
So many students love to read books in a series but they don't give much thought to what a series really is. In this lesson students discover the two kinds of book series and apply classifying criteria to examples in the library.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Exploring the Features of a Book Series
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Exploring the Features of a Book Series
Students will engage their analytical skills and literacy skills as they compare books within a series. The central activity in this lesson will have students identifying, comparing, and contrasting the shared features of books in a series.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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There’s No I in Theme-work!
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There’s No I in Theme-work!
That’s right! The theme applies to everyone! Use this interactive lesson to teach your students how to find the theme of a fictional text.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Reading Logs to Go!
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Reading Logs to Go!
Show and prove! Use this lesson plan and say farewell to fiction reading logs of yore, as your students (literally) draw connections across theme, cause, and effect.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Head to Head Fiction Reflections
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Head to Head Fiction Reflections
Reading reflection topics like theme, problems, and solutions can be challenging concepts for young readers. Help your students make sense of these literary elements using dynamic organizers that draw comparisons between fiction texts.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Simple Summaries
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Simple Summaries
Keep it simple! Teach your students to write a summary using the Somebody-Wanted-But-So-Then frame for analyzing a story.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Poetry Themes
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Poetry Themes
Encourage your students to translate their understanding of theme to poetry. In this lesson, students will evaluate the theme of poems by sketching pictures and citing text evidence.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Main Idea and Supporting Evidence
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Main Idea and Supporting Evidence
Use this lesson to help your ELs identify the main idea and supporting evidence in a short fictional text. It can be a stand-alone lesson or used as support for the lesson Reading Closely.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Problem and Solution Practice
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Problem and Solution Practice
Help your ELs learn how to identify the problem and solution in a fictional text by using transition words as a foundation for their understanding. It can be a stand-alone lesson or support to the lesson There’s No I in Theme-work!
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Five Ways to Respond to Literature
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Five Ways to Respond to Literature
Prepare your students to analyze and respond to literature by practicing five types of responses: predictions, questions, clarification, connections, and opinions.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Summary Writing with Big Ideas
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Summary Writing with Big Ideas
Before students can respond to literature critically, they must have a strong grasp of big ideas and summary writing. Support your ELs in these foundational reading skills by introducing a three-sentence paragraph frame for summary writing.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Sentence Structures for Summarizing
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Sentence Structures for Summarizing
In this support lesson, your ELs will use key vocabulary and sentence structures to summarize a story. It can be a stand-alone lesson or used as support for the lesson Comparing and Contrasting Book Series.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Identifying Character and Setting
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Identifying Character and Setting
In this support lesson, ELs will learn how to identify the characters and setting in a story while using noun phrases to support their understanding. It can be used alone or as support for the lesson Exploring the Features of a Book Series.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Common Theme Words
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Common Theme Words
In this support lesson, your EL students will learn eight common theme words and will practice applying them to a short story. Use this lesson as a stand-alone lesson or as support to the lesson Determining the Theme of a Poem.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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