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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 French Revolution

The French Revolution began in 1789 and took the idea of modern democracy from the fledgling United States to Europe. A perio...

Reading Set: 6 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 an...

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 fa...

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 ...

Reading Set: 6 Passages

May Day

by Elizabeth Trach

Spring has sprung in fairy land! See how they celebr...

46 Words, 1st-2nd Grades, Rhythm & Rhyme, Story Elements, Theme

The Little Pumpkin

by Emma Florence Bush from The Topaz Story Book

This little pumpkin has some pretty big expectations...

909 Words, K-2nd Grades, Context Clues, Summary, Theme

Icarus

by James Baldwin from Old Greek Stories

Chapter 14, part III passage: One of the most famous...

826 Words, 3rd-6th Grades, Context Clues, Summary, Theme

Diana Is Invited to Tea with Tragic Results

by Lucy Maud Montgomery from Anne of Green Gables

CHAPTER XVI passage: Anne asks Diana to tea and ente...

800 Words, 4th-6th Grades, Context Clues, Summary, Theme

On the Shelf

by Louisa May Alcott from Little Women

Chapter XXXVIII passage: There are many differences ...

679 Words, 3rd-5th Grades, Compare and Contrast, Summary, Theme

A Tempest in the School Teapot

by Lucy Maud Montgomery from Anne of Green Gables

In this passage from "Anne of Green Gables," Anne ha...