Why teach themes?

Themes help students answer the question: “Why Would I need to Know This” or “How is this knowledge useful?”

  • Thematic teaching is a method of organizing teaching around broad topics, which makes it possible to integrate instruction across core content areas.
  • Themes encourage students to delve deeper into topics, developing an awareness and understanding of connections across content areas. (Seeing the trees and the forest.)
  • Students, especially those in MCAS driven courses, are taught the basic subject area content as delineated by state curriculum frameworks, but they may not be learning to apply this knowledge effectively in critical thinking, synthesis, and reasoning. Themes can help with this.

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