Flowers for Algernon is such a beautifully painful story with a number of strong themes prevalent throughout the entire short story as well as the novel. After reading the short story OR the entire novel, students write an essay in which they identify a significant theme present in the story. After writing a three paragraph essay, students need to edit each other's papers (save yourself a headache -- let them clean things up a bit before passing it on to you!). This detailed template is just the answer! You can even use this template to extend the essay to five paragraphs! Don't reinvent the wheel, use this to save yourself some time and ... sanity.