Finding Themes in Literature
- Grades: 3–5
Finding common themes in literature is an important skill for growing readers. I use interactive theme posters to help my students practice this skill in my classroom.
Throughout the year, we explore common themes found in the texts I choose to read aloud. For example, one year, my class chose these six themes: Believe in Yourself, Accept Others' Differences, Don't Be Afraid to Try New Things, Honesty is the Best Policy, and Always be Kind to Others.
Every time we read a book that we think fits into one of themes, I print out a color copy of the book cover and add it to a specific theme poster in our classroom. I have found Google Images to be the best place to get quick copies of the front covers of the books.
To make the best use of space in my classroom, I use the cupboards in the back of my classroom to display the theme posters.