Before activity: Using the jumbo sticky or post-it note, answer the following question:
You told one person a secret, and they promised they would not tell anyone else. When you get to p.e. you over hear your classmates discussing the same situation that your friend swore to secrecy. How would you feel and what lesson did you learn?
Allow students two minutes to compose a written response.
Set the timer
At the conclusion of the two minutes, allow the students to interview at least three other classmates. Preferably, they should interview students outside of their cluster or group. Students will document the names of the students they interview, the feeling and at least one other detail from the interview.
Allow students three minutes (approx. one minute per student interviewed, and time for transition and settle)
Using equity cards the teacher will choose four students to share their personal experience.
During Activity: Quadrant card- Using the typing paper- fold the paper to create four equal quadrants (fold vertically) and horizontally)
Square 1: Theme
Square 2: Definition
Square 3: Examples
Square 4: Added Focus
See PowerPoint for specific notes for each square.
Practice: See PowerPoint for specifics. You may use any text. I reccommend, for the sake of time, using a short text. I use the fable, "The Grasshopper and the Ant."
You may read the text to the students, use a choral reading strategy or any engaging reading strategy to read the text. Be sure that each student understands the theme- the central message about life in this text may vary be should be related to prepare for days ahead by working hard. Be sure to cite evidence to support the theme.
Reference the quadrant card for the definition as well as examples of various themes.
In each corner of the paper – write down one thing that is related to theme that we discovered through the lesson.
Write a 4 sentence summary explaining how each of those points are related to Theme.
See Powerpoint for fomat and specifics.