Theme

The underlying message or lesson that the author is trying to convey to the reader. These often include universal values dealing with life, society or human nature.

Currently, there are no Theme lessons for Kindergarten and 1st Grade.

Lesson 1
Identify the plot and main idea of a story that supports the theme
  • Aesop's Fables
Lesson 2
Determine which story matches a given theme and support their choice with text evidence
  • Aesop's Fables

Unit Reading Passages

  • A Clean Park
  • Jenny's Move
  • Oh Nuts!
  • The New Scooter
  • The Yo Yo
Lesson 1
Use the plot and main idea of a fable to identify the theme
  • Aesop's Fables
Lesson 2
Identify events in the plot that support the theme of a story
  • Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters
  • Boundless Grace
Lesson 3
Determine the theme based on the events of a story
  • Chinese Children's Favorite Stories

Unit Reading Passages

  • All in a Week
  • Knocked Down
  • The High Dive
  • The Wise Choice
  • A Tricky Monkey
Lesson 1
Identify the universal theme of a story
Compare and contrast stories with the same universal theme
  • Indian Children's Favourite Stories
  • Filipino Children's Favorite Stories
Lesson 2
Identify a theme in a biographical text
  • A Picture Book of Anne Frank
  • Sojourner Truth
  • Honoring King

Unit Reading Passages

  • The Shortcut
  • The Lottery
  • The Grasshopper and the Ant
  • Little Red Wagon
  • Grown Up

Theme lessons can be found in the following sixth grade novel units:
Home of the Brave
Keeping the Night Watch/Chess Rumble
Only You Can Save Mankind
A Wrinkle in Time

Unit Reading Passages

  • April Fool's Day
  • Jenna and the Black Cat
  • The Strength of Three
  • What Did You Say?
  • What's in a Name?