This lesson is part of a larger unit on "Coming of Age" novels. In this unit, students focus on the strategies of asking questions and making inferences, and they also gain familiarity with characterization analysis and analysis of theme.

In today's lesson, students will use a graphic organizer to practice identifying indicators of themes in a children's story, a short story and their independent reading books. Inside, you will find a detailed lesson plan, customizable student notes, an overhead transparency of the graphic organizer for use with the lesson, an overhead transparency of teacher-generated definitions of "theme," and an additional reproducible for students to complete independent practice identifying theme using their own novels.

This resource is part of the Coming of Age Unit collection.

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This lesson is part of a unit on "Coming of Age" novels. In this unit, students focus on the strategies of asking questions and making inferences, and they also gain familiarity with characterization analysis and analysis of theme. In today's lesson, students will use a graphic organizer to practice identifying indicators of themes in a children's story, a short story and their independent reading books. This resource is part of the Coming of Age Unit collection.
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Students will complete their Do Now, Introduction to New Material and Guided Practice on this worksheet. This resource is part of the Coming of Age Unit collection.
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Students will work on this graphic organizer during independent reading for the rest of the week. This resource is part of the Coming of Age Unit collection.
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This overhead transparency is for use with Lesson 11 of the Coming of Age Unit. Here you will find an enlarged version of the "Identifying Theme" graphic organizer for use with the projector. This resource is part of the Coming of Age Unit collection.
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This overhead transparency is for use with Lesson 11 of the Coming of Age Unit. Here you will find teacher-generated definitions of "theme" from which students can choose, along with helpful examples contrasting "topic" and "theme," two close-confusers for students. This resource is part of the Coming of Age Unit collection.
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