Lesson: 2: Events that Support a Theme

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Lesson Objective

Students will be able to identify events in the plot that support the theme of a story.

Lesson Plan

(I)         will remind students that the theme of a story is the underlying message or lesson that the author is trying to convey to the reader. I will explain that stories usually have events in the plot that support the theme of the story. I will read the theme of the story of Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters by John Steptoe aloud: “Kindness is rewarded over cruelty”. I will read Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters by John Steptoe aloud. After reading the story once, I will go back to the first half of the book and model identifying the events in the story that support the theme. For example: Nyasha’s singing made her crops more bountiful than anyone else’s. This was because Nyasha was kind and happy and sang while she worked in her garden.  I will chart the events that support the theme. (Example chart provided.)
(We)           will chart the remaining events from the story and discuss how each event supports the theme. (Example chart provided.) 
(You)          will read Boundless Grace by Mary Hoffman, and identify the events that support the theme: “Families are what you make of them”. (Independent Practice is provided.)

Note:    You will need to either read the story aloud to students or provide them with the story for Independent Practice.

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Lesson Resources

Direct Teaching & Guided Practice Teacher Example Chart   Notes
Student Independent Practice Worksheet   Classwork


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