The Meticulous English Teacher Presents:
One Theme List to Rule Them All
For years I have struggled to teach my AP Literature students to properly write theme statements. Honestly, I think that most of this problem stemmed from them being unable, quite literally, to find the words to describe what they felt about the novel or story we were reading. All the pre-made theme lists I found had hundreds of words tossed randomly onto the page with no rhyme or reason. If I was lucky, they were alphabetized.
Finally, I bit the bullet and spent several hours compiling as many thematic subjects as I could find or think of and then sorting them into basic categories like "social commentary," "death and pain," or "a higher purpose."
Sometimes students have a gut feeling about a piece of literature but they don't yet have the vocabulary to express, specifically, their thoughts. This product comes to the rescue.
I have tested it with several poems and stories and have had no problem using the list to quickly find the specific thematic subjects that the work addresses.
Don't waste your time sorting through all the theme lists out there. I've already done the work for you!