Toolkit of Reading Grades 4-8

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Students will get more out of reading literary texts if they can easily determine their themes. This lesson will guide your students to question a text and use details to determine its theme. The Theme lesson includes a definition, an explanation of how the skill is used, an example, and practice questions with excerpts from real books.
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Created for grades 4–8, the Toolkit of Reading features quick, clear lessons on all the critical skills students need to understand complex texts, including new skills emphasized in the Common Core State Standards. These engaging resources, available as downloadable PDFs, define key terms, describe how and why the skills are important to readers, and provide a series of activities to encourage mastery. These lessons can kick off a reading lesson or serve as an impromptu refresher of skills already introduced.

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This lesson features excerpts from The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen and Call of the Wild by Jack London.