It is a balmy 71 degrees Fahrenheit, 22 Celcius, and there is nothing but blue skies and Palamino ponies as far as the eye can see. Admittedly, a bit difficult to get my head back to a dreary, dark December, and knocks on chamber doors, but if I don’t do this now, I might lose the moment. Recently on the Notice and Note Facebook page, there was a wonderful thread on how to teach theme. This question provided a chance to go through some of my previous research on this question, and see other’s grand ideas. One thing I didn’t get to share was what my coach Vicky walked me through last fall: it was a new way to teach one of my favorites, The Raven, and though I need to modify the lesson and add a bit more of my personality to it, this is a wonderful approach.
Here are two previous posts:
Let’s walk through it:
- Read the text first. Sounds like a no-brainer, but sometimes we all need this reminder.
- Develop a few possible investigative questions for students:
- What is the conflict?
- What does the character want?
- What are they afraid of?
- What do they love?
- What sensory details show us possible seed ideas?
- Have anchor charts ready to go!
This is Vicky’s lesson plan:
(I cannot find the anchor chart with all the students’ thinking…ugh: but it had words like:
- bad luck
And if you need an If/Then chart for when students are finished, what they might want to do next:
And a classic: