Lesson Plan

Using Text Evidence to Identify Theme in a Fiction Text

This lesson will help students identify theme of a story using evidence from the story.
Tracie C.
Classroom teacher
Waverley Elementary School
Frederick, United States
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My Grades 3
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, English Language Learning

Students will be able to...

Ask and answer questions using the text for support to show understanding

English Language Arts
Grades 3
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1 Hook/Introduction

The teacher will explain that today we will determine what the author is trying to teach us about life or people.

Play the BrainPop video describing theme.


2 Direct Instruction

Activity: Reading

The teacher will review the meaning of theme. A theme is something an author is trying to teach us about people or life.  The teacher will display common themes or messages (friendship, perseverance, courage, determination, kindness).   The class will have a brief discussion about theme.  The teacher will read A Bad Case of Stripes, by David Shannon.  Record the various themes on a chart.

3 Guided Practice

Working in pairs the students will record on a sticky notes text evidence that support the theme.   Students will then individually work on a device to create a graphic organizer to state the theme and supporting evidence.

4 Independent Practice

The students will use the theme and text evidence to answer the following question from their Google Classroom account:

What is the theme of A Bad Case of Stripes?  Use evidence from the text to support you response.