4th Grade ELA

Learning Target Guiding Questions

I can explain the message of a story to understand theme.

  1. How do we define theme?
  2. What is a difference between theme and topic? Theme and main idea?
  3. Why is it important to determine the central message or lesson in a fable?
  4. How do we determine the central message or lesson in a picture?
  5. What lesson does the character learn?
  6. What message does the selection send?
  7. Based on what I read, what inference can I make to determine the theme of ___? (passage, fable, novel, etc.)


My favorite song is _______ because ______.

Harry Chapin - Cats in the Cradle

Anticipatory Guide

My parents allow me to listen to any song I want. Agree/Disagree: Why or why not?


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Mr. Peabody's Apples


Writing Stem on Theme

What did you learn from today's activity on theme and how will it help you to analyze future pieces of literature?