Sunday, March 31, 2013

Mentor Text-Teach Theme With Teammates

Linking up with the Amazing Amanda and Super Stacia from Collaboration Cuties for their very first linky party! So glad to be a part of this new adventure with these fun and fabulous ladies! However, this linky party may be expensive! I know we're going to get some great ideas and want to go right out and buy all the books we don't already have!
I'm on spring break so I'm going to do my best with my pictures and information. I'd like to talk about the book Teammates.
 This powerful story is about Jackie Robinson becoming the first negro to play on an all white team, the Dodgers. He is treated poorly and has to endure through many obstacles during his time on the team until one of his teammates PeeWee Reese takes a stand for Jackie Robinson. I use this book to teach theme: there are so many possible themes for this book which sparks great discussion and "friendly debates". Some include: friendship, stand up for what you believe in, courage, accept others' differences, equality. My students create a theme poster based on the theme they select.


It's a great lesson to show that many books have multiple themes. My students need to justify their decisions with text evidence and support from the book. These posters are available in my TPT store.


  1. I have heard great things about that book - I guess it is time to check it out. I love how you have them choose different themes and justify their choice. Citing evidence is a big area my class needs to work on.

    Looking From Third to Fourth

  2. I either have this book or I have seen this sad that I have so many books and I don't even know for sure what I have. :O(

    I love that you use this for theme. Sometimes that's such a hard concept. Plus, I think the boys would love this book...

    I hope you are having a good Easter! Thank you for linking up!
    Collaboration Cuties

  3. Theme has been one of the most challenging concepts for my students. I think they are so used to picking out the small details that it is difficult to see the "big" picture. I like how you had them demonstrate their theme in a creative way (and justify it, of course!). Thanks so much for the idea!
    Fourth Grade Flipper

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  6. I was late to join the linky but I am so glad I did!
    Your book choice is wonderful! I love how your posters make the perfect companion to the book!
    Hope your having a wonderful week!
    Ms. Marciniak's First Grade Critter Cafe


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