Use these 16 short story cards to help your students infer the theme of a story. There are three different answer sheets so that you can differentiate as needed: multiple choice, short answer, and half and half. There are also answer keys for each answer sheet so that students can check their own work. Also included are two challenge cards with three activities on each card to deepen understanding and extend the learning. Students could use notebook paper or journals to answer these questions. In addition, there is a theme poster that can be used at your literacy center as a reminder for students.
Black line versions of the cards are also included for printing on colored paper.
Theme is a challenging concept. While these cards can be used for individual practice (especially when using the multiple choice format), you may want to consider using them with your entire class or a small group by reading each story aloud and working together to determine the theme.
One thing to keep in mind when working with the short answer responses is that theme is somewhat subjective. The answers on the answer key are suggestions, but your students may come up with different variations. For example, the answer for Card #1 is “Persistence pays off,” However, “Practice makes perfect,” and “Never give up.” would also be appropriate answers. Ultimately, you will need to determine which answers to accept.
Contents of this set include:
- Directions and Suggestions
- 16 Half-Page Theme Story Cards – Color
- 16 Half-Page Theme Story Cards – Black Line
- 6 Challenge Cards – Color
- 6 Challenge Cards – Black Line
- Theme Poster – Color
- Theme Poster – Black Line
- Student Answer Sheets
- Answer Key
What teachers have said about this resource:
♥ WoW! These were the perfect addition to my theme unit! The stories worked out nicely for group/partner work and individual assessment. Thank you! -Sandy W.
♥ These really helped my students understand that theme is more than a summary.
♥ I used this for my lesson I planned and taught for my TPA and it went with flying colors. I did a whole unit on theme of stories, short and long. Thanks! -Ashley B.
Common Core Standards addressed in this set:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.2 Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.2 Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.2 Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
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About the Author
These passages were written by me, Rachel Lynette. I am a published author of over 120 nonfiction books for children on a variety of subjects, as well as several teacher resource books. I have written for publishers such as Harcourt, Thompson-Gale, Rosen, Children’s Press, Evan-Moor, Kagan, and several others. These passages reflect more than a decade of professional writing experience.
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