Teaching theme is one of my most favorite skills because students are not only learning how to deconstruct and understand text, but they are also learning valuable life lessons.
Teaching Theme Can Be Challenging
Some teachers teach theme as the moral or lesson. You will sometimes see it called “author‘s message” as well. Some teachers teach using the “universal theme” concept which uses only one word such as “honestly” or “perseverance”. I like to make students aware of BOTH ideas.
Tips on Teaching Theme
Quick & Easy Way to Assess Theme
On Friday, I wanted to formatively assess my students to see if they could relate theme to real word texts and not just fables. I let them use tasks cards to practice identifying theme.