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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

Little Red Riding-Hood

by Katharine Pyle from Mother’s Nursery Tales

One of the very best-known fairy tales of all time, ...

1,202 Words, K-2nd Grades, Context Clues, Theme

Milo on the Town

by RV Staff Writer J.C.

Milo is a friendly cat who enjoys visiting different...

509 Words, 1st-3rd Grades, Context Clues, Summary, Theme

Best Friends

by Elizabeth Trach

Fletch and Fritz are best friends, but Fritz's famil...

325 Words, 1st-3rd Grades, Character Traits, Compare and Contrast, Theme

The Road Not Taken

by Robert Frost

This poem by Robert Frost about life's choices is pe...

151 Words, 8th-12th Grades, Figurative Language, Theme

Snow Day

by RV Staff Writer J.C.

Freddie gets his first snow day, but he’s not sure a...

773 Words, 3rd-6th Grades, Context Clues, Theme


by Louisa May Alcott from Little Women

Chapter XX passage: In this passage from Louisa May ...

739 Words, 4th-6th Grades, Context Clues, Theme

New Year's Resolutions

by RV Staff Writer J.C.

Intro: A teacher discusses with her class the idea o...

727 Words, 4th-6th Grades, Figurative Language, Theme

Sonnet 130

by William Shakespeare

Primarily known for his plays, Shakespeare also wrot...

126 Words, 10th-12th Grades, Figurative Language, Rhythm & Rhyme, Theme

Jimmy's New Year's Resolution

by Elizabeth Trach

Jimmy has never made a New Year's resolution before,...

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

A Valentine

by Edgar Allan Poe

Always full of mystery, Edgar Allan Poe wrote this p...

193 Words, 9th-12th Grades, Context Clues, Figurative Language, Theme