Lesson Plan Determining the Theme of a Poem Need extra help for EL students? Try the Common Theme Words pre-lesson. Learning Objectives
Students will be able to analyze the details in the poem to determine the overall theme. Students will be able to summarize a poem.
Introduction (7 minutes)
Activate prior knowledge by having students discuss theme.
Ask: What is a theme? What are some examples of theme? How can you determine the theme of a text or poem?
Have the students first discuss with a partner, and then share their ideas as a whole group.
Hug O' War by Shel Silverstein to the class. As a class, talk about the words in the poem that indicate the theme of love/friendship: "hugs," "giggles," "kisses," "grins," and "cuddles." Emphasize that careful reading of a poem will help to determine theme.
Offer sentence frames to support students during the partner and whole group discussion (e.g., "An example of theme is...").
Provide a word bank with common theme words for students to refer to during the introductory discussion and throughout the lesson.