Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Using Interactive Common Core Reading Journals to Teach Theme
The students that I work with at each of the grade levels just completed mini lessons on theme. This is the interactive notebook page that each of them created and use as a reference. Common Core Standard RL.2 refers to it as theme. For informational text, it is usually called the central idea (RI.2). In both cases, Common Core wants readers to understand the deeper meaning of the text.
After we complete the lesson each day, the younger students review using theme flashcards (yes, common theme flashcards). Then, they use theme task cards in their literacy center station. The middle school students faithfully use the theme exit slips each day as a review.
Click Here For Information About Theme Task Cards
Click Here For Information About Theme Exit Slips
Students often get theme and main idea confused. The Venn diagram comparing the two has really been helpful with helping them understand the differences.
Yellow watercolor paint was painted along the edge of the paper. Common Core tabs have been added to the student journals to make it easier for us to locate information in them.
This is a new foldable. This helps with Common Core Standards RL.3 and RI.3. Across the grade levels, Common Core wants students to understand, describe, and/or analyze the connections between ideas or events. The arrows were drawn to help students remember this while they read. This will be used with my students within the next few days.