When I saw theme come up in our standards – I was backpedaling. Luckily over the years putting together all the best resources, books, poems, and passages to teach theme my lessons about theme have gotten stronger and my students have mastered.
My first big struggle with teaching theme was how to teach that main idea was a different concept. Main Idea vs. theme taught together students could really see the differences.
Themes are overarching and main ideas are tied to a specific book. An anchor chart using stories or poems to teach theme really helps differentiate the two!
Pretty soon students see and grasp the concept while theme is a moral/lesson the main idea is what the story is mostly about.
How to Assign a Google Form with Reading Skill
If you are beginning online teacher or distance learning newbie assigning a Google Form is EASY and can be done with a few clicks.
FIRST – Have your form made or use these FREE Reading Skill Forms
Second – Click the + sign to create an assignment
Third – choose the form from your Google Drive to assign!
This video can quickly help you if you are a visual learner and need help!
Theme Reading Skill Google Form
Listening skills can be so hard to test.
If you are teaching theme and need to assess. Assigning a informal assessment with listening is a great skill.
Students listen to a read aloud and get text dependent questions – so comprehension especially listening comprehension is a focus!
How Easy! Instant feedback about a reading skill. Follow up with questions that were missed more frequently. Use these throughout the year!
Grab your FREE Sample of 5 Reading Skill forms – including point of view, inferring, character traits, theme, and summarizing all one click copied to your Google Drive! You can see the Inferring information or Summarizing already!
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