Theme Reading Passages

A theme is the central message or meaning of a literary work. It is usually not stated directly but needs to be inferred by the reader. It is a general conclusion or lesson about human nature or society. An example of a theme might be, “Money can’t buy happiness.”  Below you will find reading passages that can be used for instruction on themes.

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Christmas for Younger Students

Christmas and children go together like, well, Santa's sleigh and flying reindeer. This reading set for younger students featur...

Reading Set: 9 Passages

A Christmas Carol Reading Set

A traditional Christmas favorite, “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens is the tale of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge. Scrooge l...

Reading Set: 5 Passages

Christmas for Older Students

Older students will enjoy these Christmas reading passages from classic literature. From the poetry of “A Visit From St. Nichol...

Reading Set: 5 Passages

Exploring Space

Space is considered the last great frontier. Since the beginning of time, humans have looked up with wonder at the stars, moon,...

Reading Set: 6 Passages

Species in Danger

In 2012, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) listed over 9,000 plant and animal species as either critica...

Reading Set: 11 Passages

Little Women

An immediate bestseller, “Little Women” was published in two parts: one in 1868, and one in 1869. This coming-of-age story of t...

Reading Set: 17 Passages

A Child’s Garden of Verses

It’s hard to believe that the same person who wrote “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” could write charming children’s poetry, but Rob...

Reading Set: 7 Passages

Women's History

Women’s History Month is traditionally held in March, but the study of women’s history is valuable all twelve months of the yea...

Reading Set: 19 Passages

Classic Fairy Tales

Is there any more magical phrase than “Once upon a time”? This beginning of so many classic fairy tales sends the reader into a...

Reading Set: 10 Passages

Black History Month

The United States and Canada observe Black History month in February; the United Kingdom observes it in October. While the co...

Reading Set: 14 Passages