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Teaching Theme - Link to blog post with several ideas for interactive reading notebooks. First tree defines theme; second tree used to determine theme. Write the topics covered in the tree trunk (Home, Family, etc.), write a theme statement in the branches, and write text evidence of the theme in the tree's leaves. Practice finding the theme by watching Youtube videos of "theme songs" from old sitcoms and determining the "theme" of the show from the theme song!

Teaching Theme - Link to blog post with several ideas for interactive reading notebooks. First tree defines theme; second tree used to determine theme. Write the topics covered in the tree trunk (Home, Family, etc.), write a theme statement in the branches, and write text evidence of the theme in the tree's leaves. Practice finding the theme by watching Youtube videos of "theme songs" from old sitcoms and determining the "theme" of the show from the theme song!

LOVE these scaffolded reading response goals - my students' responses have grown so much from the beginning of the year.

LOVE these scaffolded reading response goals - my students' responses have grown so much from the beginning of the year.

Matchbook Chapter Summaries for Novel Studies.  This project is so simple, and you can do it with any novel.  This example is for Where the Red Fern Grows.

Matchbook Chapter Summaries for Novel Studies. This project is so simple, and you can do it with any novel. This example is for Where the Red Fern Grows.

SUCH a cool set of lessons on teaching students to analyze tone in literature. And I also learned what a Humument is. Now you go learn it too!! (bet you can't resist having your students do it)

SUCH a cool set of lessons on teaching students to analyze tone in literature. And I also learned what a Humument is. Now you go learn it too!! (bet you can't resist having your students do it)

Character traits-- I would give the character trait and have students list quotes on the notecards that support the trait given

Character traits-- I would give the character trait and have students list quotes on the notecards that support the trait given

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