This is my 14th year of teaching. Twelve of those years have been spent teaching 6th and 7th graders. And that means that for twelve years, I’ve been trying to get middle schoolers to wrap their heads around the important, yet tricky concept of THEME.
Today, I’m going to take you through the step-by-step process that I use to get my students to:
- Define the term “theme.”
- Recognize the theme of a story.
- Write a theme sentence.
- Explain in writing, using text evidence, how the author develops the theme of the story.