Teaching Theme in Literature: Posters, Writing Connection, & Book Recommendation

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2nd - 5th, Homeschool
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FINDING THE THEME in a story is difficult for students! They struggle with finding the BIG picture or how the story relates to themselves and the real world. With this kid-friendly companion resource to accompany your current theme unit, your students will become familiar with 12 of the more commonly used themes found in literature. Soon they'll be able to identify the THEME, MORAL, LESSON, or CENTRAL MESSAGE!


*A full-page theme poster with kid-friendly and easy to remember definition

*12 half sheet posters with the name and description of common themes found in literature.

*12 full sheet posters with the name and description of common themes found in literature.

*12 full page writing activities to evaluate students understanding of each theme

*4 pages of book recommendations covering each of the themes included in this resource.











-making good choices




Once printed this resource is great for:

*visual reminders around the room

*guided or independent practice

*intervention for struggling students

*small group work/ centers

*warm-up activities

*early finishers

*test prep

*exit slips to assess skill mastery

*morning work/homework

*after-school programs & tutoring

*substitute lesson plans / sick days

*summer vacation / summer school

…just to name a few ideas!

Everything is ready-to-print and has been student tested + teacher-approved :)


"I absolutely love this! We watch a book online (one from your selection) and then they try to guess the theme before I give them the handout. Each student is making a theme book...they LOVE it!" -- Paula B.

"This is a great resource to use before starting making connections. I keep the posters on my wall and as we are reading the books photocopy the covers to go beside the theme. Now that we are making connections, students are easily able to see a text to text connections. Thank-you!" -- Melissa T.

"Thank you for including book recommendations! Makes this a perfect resource!!" --Melisa B.

"This is a great product! Very thorough. I especially found the book lists helpful. Theme is a very difficult thing to teach in the younger grades but using this product has helped." -- Sharon R.

"This is a great resource to help students really understand the different themes that can be found in stories. It also helps with "text-to-self" connections. To top it off, they are adorable. Thank you for another great resource!" -- Teaching on the Run

"One of the best resources for teaching theme in 3rd! Thanks!" -- Kimberly W.

"My students loved working at theme stations. I sorted the books you recommended and at each station, the group had to read one of the books and decide on the theme. It was awesome!" -- Lisa B.

"This was great! My kids really understood theme much better after breaking it down this way for them." -- Kaitlyn C.


Here's another related resource you might enjoy:

Writing About Book Themes Resource


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.
Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.
Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.


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