Module 3-Theme-Language Arts 5A - Course Guide

Module Overview:

In this unit, students will learn or review how to figure out the themes in a story. Students will review how to recognize particular types of figurative language. Students will also continue writing their own narratives.

Module Materials:

Lesson # Lesson Title Material(s)
1 Finding Themes independent reading book
crayons or colored pencils (optional)
2 Idioms crayons or colored pencils (optional);

Module Objectives:

Lesson # Lesson Title Objective(s)
1 Finding Themes
  1. Identify the theme in a story, using details related to plot, setting, and character.
2 Idioms
  1. Define idiom, and explain some common idioms.

Module Key Words:

Key Words

Module Assignments:

Lesson # Lesson Title Page # Assignment Title
1 Finding Themes 3 Words of Wisdom
1 Finding Themes 5 Tracking Themes in Novels Assignment
2 Idioms 3 Pun Times
2 Idioms 5 First Draft of a Narrative Assignment

Learning Coach Notes:


Module Guiding Questions:

When a student starts a lesson ask them questions to check for prior knowledge and understanding and to review concepts being taught. At the end of the lesson ask the questions again to see if their answer changes.

Lesson Title Question
Finding Themes
  1. What is the theme of a story?
  1. What is an idiom?
  2. What is a cliche?

Module Video Questions:

When a student watches a video take time to ask them questions about what they watched. Suggested questions for the videos in this module are listed here. Suggestion: Have the student watch the entire video first all the way through. Then have them watch the video a second time, as they watch it pause the video and ask the questions.

Lesson Title Video Question
Finding Themes Themes in the Wizard of Oz
  1. What is a theme?
  2. How can you identify a theme in a story?
  3. What are the themes in "The Wizard of Oz"?
Idioms In a Manner of Speaking
  1. What is vocabulary?
  2. What is a simile?
  3. What is an idiom?

Module Suggested Read Aloud Books:

Take time to read to your student or have them read aloud to you. Read a different book each day. While reading the book point out concepts being taught. You may purchase these books or find them at your local library. Suggested things to discuss while reading the book:

  • What is the main idea?
  • What are three things new you learned?
  • How does this book relate to what you are learning about?

# Book Author Lexile Level
1 More Than Anything Else Marie Bradby 570L
2 The Invisible Boy Trudy Ludwig AD680L
3 Wonder R. J. Palacio 790L
4 In a Pickle: And Other Funny Idioms Marvin Terban 780L

Module Outing:

Take some time to apply what your student is learning to the real world. Suggested outings are below.

# Outing