This is when it was nice to remind them that the theme was like the bumper sticker--short and sweet! Students really struggled with things like over-explaining what the theme was. The Stone Independent Work 20 minutes To demonstrate understanding students answer the Check Your Comprehension questions and the Critical Thinking questions on page He asks for a stone that will stop him from growing old even though the dwarf tries to persuade him to ask for a more useful reward.
Then student volunteers come forward and discuss their work with the class one story at a time. The Stone Comprehension Questions. One thing I notice is that many students continue to have problems stating theme in a way that does not contain details specific to the particular story.
Between Classes Quick Change I rarely use PowerPoints to introduce concepts, relying more on students discovering concepts.
I circulated and conferred with kids who generally have a hard time with new concepts. Present claims and findings, sequencing ideas logically and using pertinent descriptions, facts, and details to accentuate main ideas or themes; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.
When we got to the slides where it asks students to identify the themes of the excerpts, I gave them time to talk at their tables to arrive at an answer. Wrap Up 5 minutes For the Wrap-Up, I had students jot down what they thought the theme of their book was.
He tries to get rid of the stone but it keeps coming back until Maibon finally meets up with the dwarf again and demands that he take back. I liked that it had little excerpts of narrative in it and asked students to apply their knowledge.
If there is time before the end of class, students can begin the homework. Therefore, the characters names and specific events from the story should only appear in the response to the second question for each narrative. Once he stops hoping that he will never grown old, he is able to throw the stone away.
Some points to consider when reading this story appear here: To do address this we discuss that the theme should be stated in a way that anyone can relate to, not just readers familiar with this story. From this experience, I conclude this to be a useful activity that uncovers some underlying misconceptions.
For instance, in a conference with one student, he said that the theme in Divergent was that Tris was toughening up, and was making new friends, and was showing how fearless she is.
With my Gifted and Talented class, I pushed them to move beyond the obvious and list several themes. They also were confusing action with theme. In it Maibon, a farmer, passes an elderly man on the road and starts thinking about the physical problems of old age. Since it was the first time introducing the concept, there were different levels of mastery going on at each table and I wanted kids to feel comfortable sharing their thinking.
It was interactive, rather than strictly have students take notes.
As predicted, the high interest topics have something for everyone so the discussion that follows is lively.
The expectation is to arrive for class tomorrow with this work completed. Later he frees a dwarf from a predicament and asks that he be granted a wish.6th Grade Common Core Worksheets The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts (ELA) provide a framework of educational expectations for students in reading, writing, and other language skills.
6th Grade Common Core Reading Literature Activities **All resources were listed as FREE and all links were working as of 6/5/** Key Ideas and Details RL Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well.
Free, printable ELA Common Core Standards Worksheets for 6th grade writing skills. Use activities in class or home. Click to learn more. Intro to Theme. Add to Favorites. 34 teachers like this lesson. Print Lesson. Share. Creative and Narrative Writing. Standards. 6th Grade ELA Â» Brain Power!
Non-Fiction Study of the Human Brain. Simone Larson. Evanston IL. Suburban. Share. 34 teachers like this Lesson. Lesson Author. Students arrive to class today with last night’s homework completed: the Identifying Theme worksheets.
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