Theme Essay DIGITAL for Google / Distance Learning - for ANY Literature

Joy Sexton
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Writing a Theme Essay will be motivating with this step-by-step digital resource designed to lead your students through the entire process! Great for distance learning, easy-to-follow writing templates guide students in drafting all four paragraphs.

Students identify two themes evident in the text and devote one paragraph to each theme. In each paragraph, students discuss how a prominent character is involved with the theme topic and what the author wants us to learn or understand.

A list of common theme topics and an inviting pre-writing organizer help students get thinking and digging into the text for examples.

Use this theme essay assignment with ANY novel, story, or drama. Differentiation is provided with TWO SEPARATE VERSIONS of the essay: one that requires text quotations and one that does not.

*NOTE: This resource is for use with Google Drive or Microsoft One Drive. You can also view the paper version of my Theme Essay resource by clicking here:

Theme Essay – Literary Essay Writing for ANY Novel, Story, or Drama COMMON CORE

Easy step-by-step directions are provided for use with Google Drive AND Microsoft One Drive.

In the download, you will have a PDF with:

--a link that allows you to access each version of the resource (Regular and Higher Level)

--instructions for uploading and sharing the resource with students

--Teacher Guidelines for using the resource

--Common Core standards


1. THEME ESSAY ASSIGNMENT – A description of the writing assignment along with a list of common theme topics.

2. PRE-WRITING GRAPHIC ORGANIZER – Students record the theme topics, examples, and details they will use for their essay on this two-slide organizer.

3. WRITING THE INTRODUCTION – This slide has a fill-in template with prompts for drafting the entire introduction. An example of a well-written introduction is also provided.

4. WRITING BODY PARAGRAPHS – Two fill-in templates with prompts guide students as they write each of their body paragraphs, based on the information recorded on their organizer.

5. WRITING THE CONCLUSION – A fill-in template for drafting the conclusion includes writing instruction and a model conclusion paragraph.

6. TRANSITIONS – Students will refer to this slide, which lists a variety of useful transitions categorized according to purpose, as they draft their essay.

7. REVISING AND EDITING CHECKLIST – A task-specific chart guides student in the process. Students then evaluate to what extent they have revised and edited their essays.

8. FINAL COPY – Two attractive slides with decorative edges are provided for students’ final copy of the essay.

9. GRADING RUBRIC – A 4-point rubric for grading is included.

You will love the organization of this resource and the “scaffolds” that help students produce strong writing! The great thing is, you can use it more than once during the year and see your students gaining a better understanding of theme.

Please open the PREVIEW to get a closer look.

Thanks, --Joy

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.


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