Lesson: 3: Determining Theme
Students will be able to determine the theme based on the events of a story.
(I) will explain that we can use the main events of stories to identify the theme of the story. I will read aloud “The Fish-Basket Goddess” (p. 9) from Chinese Children’s Favorite Stories by Mingmei Yip and chart the main events of the story. (Example chart is provided.) I will determine the theme by thinking about all the events in the story. I will identify the theme as: “Goodness wins over evil.” The Dragon King was evil and when the Goddess came up with a plan to help the people, the Dragon King lost all his powers. I think the author is trying to give the reader the message that being good and clever is better than being mean and bad.
(We) will read “The Mouse Bride” (p. 15) from Chinese Children’s Favorite Stories by Mingmei Yip aloud and chart the main events of the story. (Example chart is provided.) We will use these events to identify the theme of the story: “The strongest and bravest is not always who you think.”
(You) will read “How the Fox Tricked the Tiger” (p.76) from Chinese Children’s Favorite Stories by Mingmei Yip. You will use the main events of the story to determine the theme of the story. (Independent Practice is provided.)
Note: You will need to provide your students with the stories for Independent Practice.
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