Module 13: Comparing Themes - Course Guide

Module Overview:

Students will learn how a narrator's point of view affects the other parts of a story. Students will learn what paraphrasing is and how to use it in writing and in discussions. Students will learn what relative pronouns are and how to use them. Students will learn how to choose a narrator for their own story and develop that narrator's point of view. Students will submit their first novel study guide assignment.

Module Materials:

Lesson # Lesson Title Material(s)
1 Spelling 5: Practice 1 None
2 Common Themes independent reading book
pen or pencil
3 Reviewing Discussion Ideas independent reading book
pen or pencil
4 Idioms independent reading book
pen or pencil

Module Objectives:

Lesson # Lesson Title Objective(s)
1 Spelling 5: Practice 1
2 Common Themes
  1. Identify a theme that two stories share.
  2. Provide reasons that support a claim.
3 Reviewing Discussion Ideas
  1. Review key ideas expressed in a discussion.
4 Idioms
  1. Define and recognize examples of idioms.

Module Key Words:

Key Words Spelling Words
recurring theme
figurative language

Module Assignments:

Lesson # Lesson Title Page # Assignment Title
2 Common Themes 6 Finding Common Themes Assignment

Learning Coach Notes:

Lesson # Lesson Title Notes
1 Spelling 5: Practice 1 To prepare for the Spelling 5: Spelling Test, have your student practice their spelling words over the coming weeks.
2 Common Themes
3 Reviewing Discussion Ideas
4 Idioms

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
Common Themes
  1. What is a recurring theme?
  2. How do you figure out what themes two stories share?
Reviewing Discussion Ideas
  1. How do you review the main points of a discussion?
  1. What is an idiom?
  2. What is figurative language?

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
Common Themes Different Stories, Common Themes
  1. What are recurring themes?
  2. What are some commonly recurring themes?
Idioms In a Manner of Speaking
  1. What does your vocabulary include?
  2. What is figurative language?
  3. What is a simile?
  4. 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 Voices in the Park Anthony Browne 560L
2 The Day the Crayons Quit Drew Daywalt AD730L
3 The Pain and the Great One Judy Blume 560L
4 The Wolf's Story: What Really Happened to Little Red Riding Hood Toby Forward
5 The Very Smart Pea and the Princess-to-be Mini Grey

Module Outing:

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

# Outing