This is a great critical thinking exercise that gets students delving a bit deeper into thematic meaning. It can be used for any novel, but the example used on the worksheet is for The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn:
Loyalty—In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Huck decides to be loyal to Jim because he now sees him as a friend instead of as a runaway slave. Theme—Loyalty often develops once friendship is formed and two people begin to understand each other beyond preconceived notions and misguided ideas.
An explanation of theme and directions are provided. At the bottom of the worksheet, students are asked to create two theme concepts for motifs or issues in their book that are not on the list.
This is a challenging yet rewarding assignment for students because it gives them a chance to really use their brains to make connections and to work on expressing their ideas in writing as clearly as possible.
A fun way to implement the assignment is to have students work in pairs, discussing events, themes, and wording for the thematic statements.