Use my worksheets to help your students write about text themes! The handy-dandy reference page will be a lifesaver for students who struggle coming up with the right words to explain theme. I created two other worksheets that are fill-in-the-blank style for writing about just the theme of a text and another one that includes summarizing, which is often tied to writing about theme.
I also created a set of 12 common text theme posters that correlate to the themes on the reference worksheet offered with this download. The posters would be useful to display for whole class discussions or reference on a bulletin board. Here is the link to the posters: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Text-Book-Theme-Poster-Set-Common-Core-Aligned-2087852
1. Common Text Themes reference sheet
2. Theme worksheet
3. Summarizing and Theme worksheet
4. Common Core / Tennessee TN Ready Standards
Common Core Standards:
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.
Compare and contrast the themes, settings, and plots of stories written by the same author about the same or similar characters (e.g., in books from a series).
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.
Compare and contrast the treatment of similar themes and topics (e.g., opposition of good and evil) and patterns of events (e.g., the quest) in stories, myths, and traditional literature from different cultures.
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.
Compare and contrast stories in the same genre (e.g., mysteries and adventure stories) on their approaches to similar themes and topics.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
Compare and contrast texts in different forms or genres (e.g., stories and poems; historical novels and fantasy stories) in terms of their approaches to similar themes and topics.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text.
Analyze how a modern work of fiction draws on themes, patterns of events, or character types from myths, traditional stories, or religious works such as the Bible, including describing how the material is rendered new.