After learning about identifying themes when reading, students can look for themes in their independent books. This activity explains how to make theme statement strips and what to include in a 2 paragraph essay about the theme found in the story/book read. This is a great activity that can be done after reading a story or novel (I first used it after a short story with partners, then used the same activity independently with a novel). This handout includes directions, a rubric, a set of theme topics to download and give to class for notebooks, and two examples you can show on whiteboard or you can download to make transpariences or copies for student examples. This is a terrific and engaging lesson to use after you teach theme. Please check out my Smartboard lesson on TPT on identifying themes when reading to students. Both lessons are all you need to teach theme.