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12 Mentor Texts Your Students Will Love for Teaching Theme

 Using Mentor texts is fun way to teach or review theme to upper elementary students. These digital and printable graphic organizers are a fun way to engage , whether you utilize mentor texts in centers, small groups or the whole class. The stories cover a range of topics to captivate third, fourth, and fifth graders. Some stories and illustrations may seem simple but have a deeper theme, the students can pick up on.  {3rd, 4th, 5th, theme, reading comprehension}
Since it is summertime and so many of us are already in planning mode for next year, I wanted to utilize my Mentor Text series post this month to share books to help you teach your students about THEME

If you like any of the books you see in this blog post, you can click on the picture to find the affiliate link for the book on Amazon. 

 Using Mentor texts is fun way to teach or review theme to upper elementary students. These digital and printable graphic organizers are a fun way to engage , whether you utilize mentor texts in centers, small groups or the whole class. The stories cover a range of topics to captivate third, fourth, and fifth graders. Some stories and illustrations may seem simple but have a deeper theme, the students can pick up on.  {3rd, 4th, 5th, theme, reading comprehension}

The Bad Seed

I repeatedly saw this book online and had to get my hands on a copy, and it totally lives up to the hype. In my opinion, there are multiple themes that are demonstrated in this book. This Bad Seed had a traumatic experience that really changed him. After that, he did bad things just because he was labeled a bad seed. It's the perfect book to start conversations and learn a great lesson or two!  

 Using Mentor texts is fun way to teach or review theme to upper elementary students. These digital and printable graphic organizers are a fun way to engage , whether you utilize mentor texts in centers, small groups or the whole class. The stories cover a range of topics to captivate third, fourth, and fifth graders. Some stories and illustrations may seem simple but have a deeper theme, the students can pick up on.  {3rd, 4th, 5th, theme, reading comprehension}

Unique Monique

Monique struggles with the requirement of wearing a uniform each day to school. She wants to stand out and be different. Her classmates follow her lead and begin wearing funky glasses, big hats, and doing anything they can to spice up the dress code. In the end, Monique finds a really great way to be unique! 

 Using Mentor texts is fun way to teach or review theme to upper elementary students. These digital and printable graphic organizers are a fun way to engage , whether you utilize mentor texts in centers, small groups or the whole class. The stories cover a range of topics to captivate third, fourth, and fifth graders. Some stories and illustrations may seem simple but have a deeper theme, the students can pick up on.  {3rd, 4th, 5th, theme, reading comprehension}

One

I had heard of this book many times, but I had never actually read it until I attended a conference. After getting the opportunity to read it, I had to use it to teach theme! While the pictures and simplicity may seem like it is only for younger students, the core theme in this book is deep. It only takes one person to stand up to people who try to bully or treat you poorly.

 Using Mentor texts is fun way to teach or review theme to upper elementary students. These digital and printable graphic organizers are a fun way to engage , whether you utilize mentor texts in centers, small groups or the whole class. The stories cover a range of topics to captivate third, fourth, and fifth graders. Some stories and illustrations may seem simple but have a deeper theme, the students can pick up on.  {3rd, 4th, 5th, theme, reading comprehension}

The Hueys in the New Sweater

This story is just silly, but so enjoyable, even for my older students! In a world where all the Hueys are the same, what happens when one begins wearing a sweater? This book pairs so well with Unique Monique, as one of the Hueys becomes a trendsetter as he works to stay true to himself.

 Using Mentor texts is fun way to teach or review theme to upper elementary students. These digital and printable graphic organizers are a fun way to engage , whether you utilize mentor texts in centers, small groups or the whole class. The stories cover a range of topics to captivate third, fourth, and fifth graders. Some stories and illustrations may seem simple but have a deeper theme, the students can pick up on.  {3rd, 4th, 5th, theme, reading comprehension}

Spork

What do you do when you don't fit in with the forks or the spoons? It's hard to know who you are! In this silly book, Spork learns that everyone has a purpose. Everyone has a role that they are meant to do. Plus, who doesn't love a good book about sporks!

 Using Mentor texts is fun way to teach or review theme to upper elementary students. These digital and printable graphic organizers are a fun way to engage , whether you utilize mentor texts in centers, small groups or the whole class. The stories cover a range of topics to captivate third, fourth, and fifth graders. Some stories and illustrations may seem simple but have a deeper theme, the students can pick up on.  {3rd, 4th, 5th, theme, reading comprehension}

The Potato Chip Champ

When you have everything you could ever need or want, it's easy to get frustrated when bad things, like breaking your leg, happen. It seems like your world is going to end. Meanwhile, when someone is getting everything that you want...it's even harder! Champ and Walter become friends when Champ learns that Walter's kindness counts more than all the shiny things he "needs".

 Using Mentor texts is fun way to teach or review theme to upper elementary students. These digital and printable graphic organizers are a fun way to engage , whether you utilize mentor texts in centers, small groups or the whole class. The stories cover a range of topics to captivate third, fourth, and fifth graders. Some stories and illustrations may seem simple but have a deeper theme, the students can pick up on.  {3rd, 4th, 5th, theme, reading comprehension}

Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun

First of all, how can you read this title and NOT want to read the book?! This book is perfect for teaching your students to be who they are--no matter how crazy, silly, unusual, or different that may be!

 Using Mentor texts is fun way to teach or review theme to upper elementary students. These digital and printable graphic organizers are a fun way to engage , whether you utilize mentor texts in centers, small groups or the whole class. The stories cover a range of topics to captivate third, fourth, and fifth graders. Some stories and illustrations may seem simple but have a deeper theme, the students can pick up on.  {3rd, 4th, 5th, theme, reading comprehension}

Those Shoes

I don't care who you are, at some point in your life you have wanted something that "everyone else" had. In this book, Jeremy desperately wants Those Shoes. Everyone has them, but his grandma says they are too expensive. This heartwarming story shares what happens once he finally gets his hands on a pair!

 Using Mentor texts is fun way to teach or review theme to upper elementary students. These digital and printable graphic organizers are a fun way to engage , whether you utilize mentor texts in centers, small groups or the whole class. The stories cover a range of topics to captivate third, fourth, and fifth graders. Some stories and illustrations may seem simple but have a deeper theme, the students can pick up on.  {3rd, 4th, 5th, theme, reading comprehension}

The Little House

Ooooh, this book is one of my all-time favorites. It is a great story with multiple themes and is perfect for demonstrating that the grass isn't always greener on the other side! Year after year, my students love using this book for a close read.

 Using Mentor texts is fun way to teach or review theme to upper elementary students. These digital and printable graphic organizers are a fun way to engage , whether you utilize mentor texts in centers, small groups or the whole class. The stories cover a range of topics to captivate third, fourth, and fifth graders. Some stories and illustrations may seem simple but have a deeper theme, the students can pick up on.  {3rd, 4th, 5th, theme, reading comprehension}

Peanut Butter & Cupcake

We go together like Peanut Butter and...Cupcake?! This book makes my fifth graders LAUGH! It's right up their alley with a little bit of humor as well as a good theme. Plus, look at those illustrations.

 Using Mentor texts is fun way to teach or review theme to upper elementary students. These digital and printable graphic organizers are a fun way to engage , whether you utilize mentor texts in centers, small groups or the whole class. The stories cover a range of topics to captivate third, fourth, and fifth graders. Some stories and illustrations may seem simple but have a deeper theme, the students can pick up on.  {3rd, 4th, 5th, theme, reading comprehension}

Beekle

Ever wanted an imaginary friend? Meet Beekle. He really wants to BE someone's imaginary friend. No matter what though, no one picks him. But with a little bit of patience, he sees that waiting for the perfect best friend is worth the wait.

 Using Mentor texts is fun way to teach or review theme to upper elementary students. These digital and printable graphic organizers are a fun way to engage , whether you utilize mentor texts in centers, small groups or the whole class. The stories cover a range of topics to captivate third, fourth, and fifth graders. Some stories and illustrations may seem simple but have a deeper theme, the students can pick up on.  {3rd, 4th, 5th, theme, reading comprehension}

I Walk with Vanessa

This book is wordless, so you can use it for teaching students to make inferences as well as spotting an amazing theme about kindness. I love the illustrations and the idea of making someone new feel welcome.

 Using Mentor texts is fun way to teach or review theme to upper elementary students. These digital and printable graphic organizers are a fun way to engage , whether you utilize mentor texts in centers, small groups or the whole class. The stories cover a range of topics to captivate third, fourth, and fifth graders. Some stories and illustrations may seem simple but have a deeper theme, the students can pick up on.  {3rd, 4th, 5th, theme, reading comprehension}
If you are interested in the theme graphic organizers that I used in the pictures for this post, you can find it (and many more) in my TpT store by clicking here or click the image above. Included in the file, you will find both digital and printable versions of each graphic organizer to assist you in teaching theme using mentor texts.

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