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Which subjectReading
What topicDetermining the Theme in a story
What length (min)30
What age groupYear or Grade 4
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Subject: Reading

Grade/Year: 4th grade (age 8-9)

Duration: 30 minutes


Students will be able to determine the theme of a story.




  1. Greet the students, introduce the lesson's objective and provide them with materials.
  2. Ask students if they know what a theme of a story is or if they ever had to identify a theme before.
  3. Provide simple definition of the theme - "The theme is what the story is mostly about. The lesson learned.".

Model Point of View

  1. Explain Point of View: the perspective from which a story is told.
  2. Examples of point of view include: first person (the character "I" tells the story), third person ("he", "she", or "they" tell the story), and second person (the reader is addressed as "you").
  3. Model how point of view can influence the theme of a story.

Identifying the Theme

  1. Divide students into small groups.
  2. Provide students with a storybook, story map worksheet, and a chart paper with headings for each group- 'Title', 'Characters', 'Setting', 'Plot', 'Theme'.
  3. In small groups, students should read their designated storybook.
  4. Once finished, help them to complete their story map worksheet focusing on key elements of the story.
  5. Each group should discuss and come up with the theme of their storybook.
  6. Each group will create a chart poster with headings and other information gathered from their discussion with the theme as the main focus.
  7. Each group will present their poster before the class sharing their storybook, story map worksheet, and theme.


  1. Finally, conclude the lesson by reviewing the objective, and asking for questions.
  2. Distribute the exit ticket, collect and grade them.


The teacher will assess the students' knowledge by checking their ability to identify the theme of a story, participating in group discussions, and creating the chart poster. The exit ticket will also be reviewed.