Determining Themes Worksheets:
- 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 study group really begins to think through different
Theme - Match the stories with their themes by putting the letter
of the theme in the blank beside the story it belongs to.
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.
- 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.
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.
and John - John was new in school. John felt shy, since he didn't
know anyone. Troy takes a chance and befriends John.
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.
Theme? - Read the poem. Then create a title for the poem that
reveals its theme and write it on the line.
Test - Mark, Jack, and Bill get ready for the big test. See where it goes from there.
Themes - For each statement below, identify whether what it
says about theme is true or false. Write the correct answer on the
Way - George was a groundhog. He lived under a garden shed behind
a big, old house in the country.