Lesson: Theme: Author's Message to the World

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Lesson Objective

Students will know and be able to explain the theme in their text.

Lesson Plan



State Standard:

5.LT-T.3. Identify the theme (moral, lesson, meaning, message, view or comment on life) of a literary selection.






Students will know and be able to explain the theme in their text.


This lesson is taken from RTI Comprehension instruction by Nancy Boyles.


Explain to students that often authors write a story because they want to teach the world (or at least the person who read the book) something important. This is the theme. The message that the author wants to say to the world!

Direct Instruction

Teacher (T): We are going to read Eggbert. As we read this book, let’s try to figure out the theme: the author’s message not just about Eggbert but people in general. 


Guided Practice

Put article on overhead so that students can see you mark-up text.

T: As we read notice the places where the author shows us what the character has learned to make his life better. This is usually what the author wants the world to learn. If we can figure out the author’s message to the world, then we have figured out theme.


Model evidence from the text. Have students turn and talk to discuss their thinking around Eggbert’s life lessons.




Independent Practice

Scaffold articles and allow students to choose.

T: Now I want you to try this strategy. Think about the character in your story and what he/she is learning. What do you think the author wants the world to know after reading his/her book.





Review strategy purpose and use. Have students share their findings.





Review independent assignment.



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