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Identifying Themes in Literature During IDR

By Beth Newingham on June 17, 2013
  • Grades: 3–5

Once students are comfortable identifying themes in literature, I invite them to also submit books they read during Independent Reading Time that they feel fit into one of our designated thematic categories. This is good practice for my students since they are required to respond to paired reading selections on our state test by finding a connection or common theme between the two texts.

Here is a link to a website with good ideas for read-aloud books that correspond to common themes: Books for Thematic Read-Alouds.

Comments (6)

Hi Beth,

I have been a fan for years! Your work is great. Can you please email TPT and ask them to review all the work that teachers are making money on that are replicas of your work? It really frustrates me to see everyone copy your ideas and make money on them. I would be okay if they were giving them away for free like you do and actually admitting that their work in an ADAPTATION of yours. Best of luck and continued success.

Hi Beth, I'd sure like to use your printable resources for regions work. We use Social Studies Alive in Birmingham. Do you still have those files to share?
Thanks, Ann

I used to follow your site and found it amazing and helpful.....what happened to it?
And, there are certain things on the scholastic site that are not accessible.
Please let me know where I can find your older site???


Just loving your entire website and so happy I found the post about balancing teaching with being a mom. I know this post isn't referring to this topic of the blog, but it is the one place I could possibly contact you. Anyway, I was wondering what program you use to make all of your large posters. Do you print on a regular printer in banner mode? They don't look like they're in pieces and glued together, especially when you cut them out in wavy patterns. I like the look of the letters and the size of the banners. Thanks!


What happened to your classroom website? The link no longer works! You had so many resources and ideas for teachers on your page that are greatly missed!

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