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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 comprehension passages that can be used for instruction on themes.

(181) Results for Theme Reading Passages

The Road Through the Forest

by L. Frank Baum from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Chapter 4 Passage: "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" was...

738 Words, 4th-5th Grades, 740L - 1050L, Story Elements, Summary, Theme

Paul Finds A Lot Of Money

Paul helps his elderly neighbors. Well, it’s more that his mom volunteers him to help them. One day, while cleaning the neighbo...

611 Words, 4th-6th Grades, 420L - 730L, Summary, Theme

Samantha at Bat

Samantha found a magical stone that grants wishes. She has helped two people so far and now wants to help herself. She’s never ...

472 Words, 3rd-4th Grades, 420L - 730L, Summary, Theme

Macbeth and the Death of Lady Macbeth

by William Shakespeare from Macbeth

Act V, Scene 5 passage: This passage is a speech fro...

189 Words, 10th-12th Grades, 740L - 1050L, Figurative Language, Main / Central Idea, Theme

Arachne’s Web

What happens when Katie and her band, Arachne's Web, auditions for their idol? Students will read a story about this all-girl r...

500 Words, 6th-8th Grades, 1060L - 1290L, Point of View, Summary, Theme

Dmitri's Watch

Students will read a story about a boy who learns a lesson about being more careful. Students will answer questions about chara...

513 Words, 4th-5th Grades, 420L - 730L, Character Traits, Compare and Contrast, Story Elements, Theme

Sweet Country Air

Students will read a story about a boy who visits his aunt’s ranch and learns a lesson about hard work. In the process, he lear...

526 Words, 3rd-4th Grades, 740L - 1050L, Character Traits, Story Elements, Summary, Theme

Good Night, Archie

by RV staff author

Archie is a problem! Students will read a story abou...

502 Words, 8th-9th Grades, 1060L - 1290L, Context Clues, Point of View, Theme

We Will Not Have Fun!

by RV staff writer

Children will read a story about a girl who learns t...

225 Words, 1st-2nd Grades, 0 - 410L, Main / Central Idea, Story Elements, Summary, Theme


Sometimes the best way to help yourself is to help someone else. This is the lesson Lucy learns when she meets someone who is a...

649 Words, 6th-7th Grades, 740L - 1050L, Character Traits, Compare and Contrast, Summary, Theme