Teaching students how to identify themes in literature can be challenging! It takes a lot of abstract thought which students may not even be capable of yet. Why not use the Valentine’s Day holiday to your advantage? Often, themes in literature involve relationships, and what better time to reveal this to students than on Valentine’s Day?!?!

In this lesson students will have the opportunity to discuss their favorite books and movies. Students will then identify the friendships that exist and grow within these books and movies. There are many, many movies and books that definitely incorporate the theme of friendship.

Here are some of my favorites…

  • Freak the Mighty
  • Wonder
  • A Wrinkle in Time
  • Charlotte’s Web
  • Because of Winn Dixie
  • Holes
  • The Outsiders
  • Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children
  • The Hunger Games
  • Harry Potter Series
  • The Lord of the Rings Series
  • Maze Runner Series
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
  • The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
  • The Hate U Give
  • The Book Thief

Students will then watch a short cartoon video teaching them how to identify the themes in literature. Students will then generate their own ideas into an editable Google Doc.

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Finally, students play a Kahoot game (already done for you if you sign up to get the lesson) to identify famous friendships in popular culture, movies, shows and books. This lesson is sure to engage your class and teach them how to identify themes in literature.


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