Theme -Lesson 1 of Cinder Book Four

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SWBAT analyze the the universal nature of the theme in stories.

Big Idea

There is no "I" in theme.

Warm Up

5 minutes

Today is Trailer Tuesday, so I will show students a book trailer or two depending on length. I select trailers for new release books and great books that students aren't picking up.

There are several sites online for locating book trailers.  A quick search on you tube will locate several.  Of course, always preview the trailer before showing a class.


15 minutes

Today's lesson begins with students taking a handout from the caddy.  I will read through the handout with students bringing out details.  The handout reviews the meaning of theme with a focus on the universal nature of themes which I find is needed at this level because my students tend to want to make themes specific to the situation and character.  

The review ends with students working in pairs to match four themes to four novels.  We will review the correct answers when students finish and are all seated.  

After the activity, I will ask students to consider what the theme of Cinder might be, but I'll be quick to point out that I said MIGHT because the theme cannot be decided until the end. Hopefully, they'll note that before I have a chance to point it out.

Independent Work

30 minutes

At this point, I will ask students to take the Reading Circle sheet for section four from the caddy and review the instructions.  I will point out the changes for this section -the new focus on theme for example.

Students will listen to the audio -picking up at the beginning of Book Four of Cinder - and follow in their books. As they do they will be very involved in the text, actively reading per the instructions on the Reading Circle sheets.

I will allow the class to read until the last five minutes of class time and record their stopping point.

Wrap up

5 minutes

Wrap up time is spent allowing students to "debrief" independently - collecting their post its and/or completing their thoughts on their Reading Circle sheets. We always discuss questions or concerns before class is dismissed.