Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding There is Something in Common: Finding Common Themes - Section 2: Main Activity


Students have spent a lot of time interpreting their stories and trying to find big ideas or messages from the author. They look at the characters, settings, and events as evidence. Some of the students have also noticed some similarities between characters in their book club books or with other independent reading books. However, this lesson is the one that really pulls it all together and helps students understand that a theme is one that can apply to more than one book. A theme implies universality, although some themes are more common than others. If an idea only applies to one book, its not a theme. This the lesson students develop that conceptual understanding.

  It Applies to More Than One Book
  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: It Applies to More Than One Book
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There is Something in Common: Finding Common Themes

Unit 12: Discovering Struggle in Historical Fiction
Lesson 15 of 16

Objective: SWBAT identify common themes among multiple texts.

Big Idea: Students synthesize the information from multiple historical fiction books to find common themes and support them with evidence from the text.

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English / Language Arts, Reading, theme (Reading Comp), historical fiction, 4th grade, theme, history, literacy, synthesis, book clubs, Fourth Grade, book club
  40 minutes
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