“Walking home from school, I knew how he felt, how lonely he must be. Maybe I should have said something to those mean kids.” —from Wings
Two revealing lessons to teach students how to recognize the main idea or underlying meaning of a literary work, also known as the literary element, theme:
Lesson 1, Connecting the Title to the Theme
Lesson 2, The Many Colors of Theme
Each lesson uses a model text, and offers a critical question, a warm-up, step-by-steps, and a wrap-up. Also includes a list of 12 more books for teaching setting—with teaching tips and interdisciplinary connections—plus connections to the Common Core State Standards!