Students in 5th grade should be able to: Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text. (RL.5.2)
We have been working on this skill in our 5th grade at DES. The theme can also be called the “message” or “lesson learned” in the text. It helps to ask yourself, “What life lesson did the main character learn?” Sometimes one might also ask, “What life lesson can I learn from reading this?” Answering these questions help us identify the theme.
Give it a try!
The Archery Competition
Thomas was participating in the 12 year old Archery Alabama State Competition. He was in the final round and it was his turn. He grabbed an arrow and twisted the tip with his finger tips. He heard his dad scream, “Go get him Thomas!” After that, everything seemed to go quiet.
Thomas placed the arrow in position on the bow and pulled back slowly. He was so nervous. He felt his hand starting to shake. “Breathe,” he told himself. He took a deep breath and his hand calmed. He stared at the bulls eye and aimed his arrow. He had practiced this a thousand times and now he was ready. He released the arrow.
Even though it only took the arrow two seconds to reach the target, it seemed like forever to Thomas. It whirled through the air in a straight line heading for its destination. Then it happened. A perfect bulls eye was hit. The crowd roared in excitement and Thomas did it. He won the state championship.
What is the central message or theme of the passage above?
A. Nice guys finish last. B. Hard work and practice pays off.
C. Archery is a fun sport. D. If at first you don’t succeed, try again.
I challenge you to be the first DES 5th grader to answer this question in class!
This 3 minute video lesson on determining theme will help you master this skill.
This week’s HW:
Monday & Tuesday – Finish Learning Log
Wednesday – TEST DAY
Thursday & Friday – Read for AR Points