Listed are 11 common themes found in fantasy novels/short stories. The screen shot in the preview shows just one side of the handout. Themes are listed then students have to use the graphic organizer to help them determine the theme in their novel. Under that they will write the "Big Idea" or THE MEssage of the book in the banner. Arrows point to 2 boxes for students to give direct evidence from the book to back up the theme. (Clipart of a knight on a horse on the upper right hand corner)
PDF file to make it easier for the format. Can be used with any short story, fantasy novel, in class or for a project. I have used this for students to determine theme when analyzing a book for book report format.
Common Core Standards match up great with this activity. Can be used for grades ranging 4-8. Great Literacy Center Activity!