Theme Vs. Lesson - Part Two

Part Two looked pretty similar to Part One. :)

We looked at a familiar read-aloud, but this time in a whole group (instead of parallel groups).

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I thought our discussion about theme would take a little longer, but they all agreed (almost immediately) that acceptance was the main theme of the story. We spent a little more time talking about the lesson (message from the author).We came up with several!

This is a screen capture of my flipchart. You have no idea how bad the handwritten parts are bothering me!!
In the end I had the kids choose to write about either the theme or one of the lessons. I emphasized that they had to be able to defend their choice with evidence from the text. I was really surprised when almost all of them chose to write about the lesson.

I revised the anchor chart just a little - you'll want to go back and re-download the TpT freebie if you've already gotten it. I'm also including a blank page so you (or your students) can use it with your own titles.

Here are a few student work samples from both days. They made my heart happy. :) If you have classroom favorites with strong themes and lessons (to use instead of the titles I used), you could use work samples below as anchor papers.

Emilio cracks me up - "No wonder he's cranky!" :)

"They might be one of the meanest and scariest people on the outside and be one of the nicest prettiest people on the inside." - Love that girl!
I'm sorry it took so long for me to update this post! I hope it's something you can use! :)

Click here to redownload the printables for this lesson.


  1. You are awesome Abby.....I just checked out this book from my school library....I am set....thanks for the amazing lesson idea!

    1. I am so excited that you are using it! I hope it goes well!! :)

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