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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

Mending Wall

by Robert Frost

One of Robert Frost's most famous poems "Mending Wal...

401 Words, 9th-12th Grades, Character Traits, Summary, Theme

Why the Possum’s Tail Is Bare

by James Mooney from Myths of the Cherokee: Extract from the Nineteenth Annual Report of the Bureau of American Ethnology

Anthropologist and ethnologist James Mooney (1861-19...

524 Words, 1st-4th Grades, Character Traits, Summary, Theme

Old Dog

by RV Staff Writer J.C.

This short but impactful poem describes the ways a p...

197 Words, 6th-9th Grades, Rhythm & Rhyme, Summary, Theme

Mrs. Rachel Lynde Is Properly Horrified

by Lucy Maud Montgomery from Anne of Green Gables

Chapter IX passage: In this passage from "Anne of Gr...

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

The Bride of the South

by James Mooney from Myths of the Cherokee: Extract from the Nineteenth Annual Report of the Bureau of American Ethnology

Born in 1861, James Mooney was an anthropologist/et...

247 Words, 2nd-4th Grades, Context Clues, Summary, Theme

Boy Crazy

by RV Staff Writer J.C.

Kayla and Taylor have known Lucas forever, but after...

692 Words, 6th-8th Grades, Context Clues, Figurative Language, Theme

Tender Troubles

by Louisa May Alcott from Little Women

With so many sisters in the March family, it was ine...

718 Words, 3rd-5th Grades, Context Clues, Summary, Theme

The New Colossus

by Emma Lazarus

Written by Emma Lazurus in 1883, this poem appears o...

141 Words, 9th-12th Grades, Figurative Language, Rhythm & Rhyme, Theme

The Helpful Beaver

Brenda is a young beaver who wants to help her parents build a new lodge, but she is too small to cut down trees yet. Can Brend...

399 Words, 1st-2nd Grades, Character Traits, Summary, Theme

Anne’s Bringing-up Is Begun

by Lucy Maud Montgomery from Anne of Green Gables

It's decision time at Green Gables, as Anne is about...

686 Words, 4th-6th Grades, Character Traits, Context Clues, Summary, Theme