My Pre-IB's are finishing up their readers' workshop; after the break we'll start a full-class novel. The last few days we were discussing the various ways that authors develop their messages, and today we wrapped it up with a group activity that helped them make connections between texts. It worked well, so I thought I'd share.
The kids were to arrive to class with notes on theme development in their novels. Then, I used the following slides to guide them toward a theme statement:
"'Cause you wanted us to think," was the reply, in unison. I've got them well trained!