Themes in Literature Worksheets in Print and Digital with TpT Easel

Deb Hanson
Grade Levels
4th - 6th, Homeschool
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8 pages
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  1. This bundle of activities focuses on determining themes found in literary works. Some of the activities include test prep elements because theme questions tend to appear frequently on standardized tests. It is designed to teach upper elementary and middle school students how to analyze a reading pas
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The packet of theme worksheets contains six reading passages. Students must read the passage, and identify the theme. These can also be used as an assessment!

Four of the worksheets conclude with the multiple-choice question, "Which of the following statements best expresses the main theme of this passage?".

Two of the worksheets conclude with an open-ended question, "In the space below, write a sentence that explains the major theme of this story."

The final two worksheets contain both a multiple-choice question and an open-ended question.

An answer key is provided.

********This resource is available in TWO FORMATS:

  1. Traditional Printables- Print the PDF and distribute paper copies to your students to complete.
  2. Easel Activity- I created a new, colorful version for this digital format. Students can complete this activity on a device. Students read each passage and identify the major theme of the passage. Some questions require students to answer by typing complete sentences in text boxes. Other questions have a multiple-choice format, and students type their answer (A, B, C, or D) in the thought bubble.

Feel free to check out my other resources for teaching about themes in literature:

Theme Filled Cupcakes Craftivity: including 4 passages!

Theme: Targeted Tri-folds

Theme Task Cards (16 passages with two options for responses)

Teaching Theme: An Introduction PowerPoint

Theme Filled Cupcakes for Valentine’s Day

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Total Pages
8 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 hour
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
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.
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.
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.


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