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        The Value of Themes in Literature and Life

        The Common Core Standards are used in a variety of methods; here, we see Perea Blackmon utilize those standards in teaching Bud, Not Buddy.

        Chapter One of the book Bud Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis is used to engage students in collaborative conversations about various key elements in literature including: theme, character, setting, and plot. The primary goal is to help students identify the theme of the chapter and provide evidence from the text to prove their thoughts and opinions. 2012 District of Columbia Teacher of the Year, Perea Blackmon, take us inside her classroom for a first-hand look as she teaches this curriculum.

        All resources are from "The Ignite Show." For more information about the show and to watch full episodes, visit theigniteshow.com.

        Full Episode: Perea Blackmon 2012 District of Columbia Teacher of the Year

        Visit a combined 3rd/4th grade classroom in Washington, DC as students learn the concept of theme in real life, identify it in the text of the book Bud, Not Buddy, and then defend their point of view.

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        Perea shares her advice for implementing this lesson in your classroom.

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        Teaching and Learning Demo

        Watch Perea Blackmon's classroom segments from The Ignite Show in an uninterrupted format as she begins the lesson, works through it with the students and then ends for the day.

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