Deeper Reading Activities

Classroom Activities

Theme Triangles (pg.121,122)

Theme triangles can be used after students finish a novel. Students are placed into groups where they complete the following:

1) Come up with a central theme for the novel. For example, "Remarkable courage is needed to stand up to the evils of racism."

2) Choose a film that addresses the same theme. All students in the group must agree on the same film and everyone must watch it on his/her own time.

3) Each group finds one more example of the theme in some other medium or genre. Example: poems, songs, art, books, and speeches - any source that underscores this theme in the modern world.

4) Each group prepares a ten-minute presentation in which they discuss the importance of their theme in the novel and demonstrate how it relates to the other two points of their triangle.