Teaching Theme - Link to blog post with several ideas for interactive reading notebooks. First tree defines theme; second tree used to determine theme. Write the topics covered in the tree trunk (Home, Family, etc.), write a theme statement in the branches, and write text evidence of the theme in the tree's leaves. Practice finding the theme by watching Youtube videos of "theme songs" from old sitcoms and determining the "theme" of the show from the theme song!
Pinner says "I laughed while watching this, because it must have taken so many acting classes to make it look like Ryan Gosling had ever been turned down for a date. He was probably all like 'Wow, this is such a hard scene! How do mortal guys do it?!'"