Identifying Theme - We throw a few Aesop themes at you to start off. Looking at fables-short stories that contain a lesson-is a good way to start thinking about theme. Read the following fables and see if you can identify which of the themes above belong to each story.
Theme or Summary? - We give you a very short story and ask you to tell us the theme or identify if it just a full summary.
From Key Word to Theme - If you could sum up these stories in one word, what would the word be? You will identify that word in the passage that you are given.
Rachel's Story - Rachel's study group really begins to think through different scenarios.
The Boy Who Cried Wolf - See if you like our spin on a classic. It is a bit different, but fun.
Name that Theme - Match the stories with their themes by putting the letter of the theme in the blank beside the story it belongs to.
The Prettiest Girl - Jane was the new girl in school. Jane was very pretty. All the boys tried to open doors for her, and carry her books, and offered to throw away her trash at lunchtime.
The Bicycle - More than anything, Robert wanted a bicycle. Everyone on his block had shiny, brand-new bicycles and they went whizzing up and down the block on them every day after school.
Write a Story Based on a Theme - To help think about how theme develops in a story, answer the questions below. Then use your answers to write a brief story illustrating the theme.
Tony and John - John was new in school. John felt shy, since he didn't know anyone. Troy takes a chance and befriends John.
Nature's Cycle - Theme can be developed in different ways. Read the poem below. Identify the theme, and then briefly describe how the poet gets the theme across in the poem.
What's My Theme? - Read the poem. Then create a title for the poem that reveals its theme and write it on the line.
The Big Test - Mark, Jack, and Bill get ready for the big test. See where it goes from there.
Caveman Themes - For each statement below, identify whether what it says about theme is true or false. Write the correct answer on the line.
The Hard Way - George was a groundhog. He lived under a garden shed behind a big, old house in the country.