Lesson Plan

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.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Determining the Theme of a Poem lesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Determining the Theme of a Poem lesson plan.

Objectives

Academic

Students will be able to analyze the events in the poem to determine the overall theme. Students will be able to summarize a poem.

Language

Students will be able to describe a story with theme words using visual supports and sentence frames.

Introduction

(4 minutes)
Teach Background Knowledge TemplateWrite Student-Facing Language Objectives ReferenceA Visual Glossary of Theme WordsWord Study Concept MapGlossary: Common Theme WordsVocabulary Cards: Common Theme Words
  • Tell students that today they will be discussing "theme" to prepare for future discussions about fictional stories.
  • Explain that a theme is the main message of a piece of writing or art.
  • Draw a circle in the center of a piece of chart paper and write the word "theme" inside the circle. Then, record a student-friendly definition of the word inside the circle. (Note: leave space around the circle to use later in the lesson.)