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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Peter Pan

With a little fairy dust, we can all fly to Neverland by reading J. M. Barrie’s wonderful fantasy “Peter Pan.” This Reading Set includes passages from each chapter of the novel along with related comprehension questions. Your student can follow Wendy, Michael, and John Darling as they join Peter, Tinker Bell, and the Lost Boys in their adventures with that famous pirate villain, Captain Hook. 

Reading Set: 17 Passages

The French Revolution

The French Revolution began in 1789 and took the idea of modern democracy from the fledgling United States to Europe. A period of social, political, and economic upheaval, it has been the setting for many seminal works by major authors, including Charles Dickens and Victor Hugo. This Reading Set includes both fiction and nonfiction passages along with related reading comprehension questions.

Reading Set: 4 Passages

Romeo and Juliet

"For never was there a tale of more woe/Than this of Juliet and her Romeo." The last lines of William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" perfectly sum up the story of the star-crossed young lovers. Perhaps the most approachable of the Bard's plays, "Romeo and Juliet" is a masterpiece of hope, love, and sorrow. Included in this Reading Set are some of the most notable scenes of the play.

Reading Set: 4 Passages

Aesop's Fables

A fable is a story with a moral, or lesson, at the end. Aesop, a Greek author in the 6th century B.C.E., is perhaps the most famous fabulist, or fable writer. His charming stories teach children and adults important lessons about kindness, wisdom, and living with each other. This Reading Set includes some of Aesop's most beloved fables.

Reading Set: 6 Passages

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Many have seen the movie, "The Wizard of Oz," based on L. Frank Baum's novel "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz." While it is a great family movie, like most movies based on a book, the book is better! This reading set introduces the reader to the real Wizard of Oz story, including the backstory on some of the characters and some riveting scenes.

Reading Set: 6 Passages

Nathanael Greene, the Youngest Brigadier General in the Continental Army

Nathanael Greene had aspirations to be an officer in the Continental Army in the American Revolution. The problem though was he...

381 Words, 2nd-3rd Grades, Summary and Theme

Cali Learns to Skate

by RV Staff Writer J. C.

Young Cali isn’t sure she is up for the challenge wh...

836 Words, 2nd-3rd Grades, Character Traits, Summary, and Theme

The Second of the Three Spirits

by Charles Dickens from A Christmas Carol

Stave Three passage: This passage from Charles Dicke...

616 Words, 8th-11th Grades, Theme

Marley’s Ghost

by Charles Dickens from A Christmas Carol

Stave 1 passage: Taken from the first section of Dic...

671 Words, 8th-11th Grades, Character Traits, Figurative Language, and Theme

When Wendy Grew Up

by J.M. Barrie from Peter Pan

Chapter 17 passage: This text from J.M. Barrie’s “Pe...

342 Words, 4th-5th Grades, Story Elements, Summary, and Theme