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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 Creature Finds Fire

by Mary Shelley from Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus

Chapter 11 passage: Published in 1818, Mary Shelley'...

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

Queen Marjorie

by RV Staff Writer J.C.

The lovely queen is smart and sensible. For years s...

1,149 Words, 3rd-5th Grades, Character Traits, Summary, Theme

Primary Source: Spanish Flu Pandemic

from The Oregonian, October 12, 1918

The 1918 influenza pandemic, often called the Spanis...

789 Words, 9th-12th Grades, Context Clues, Summary, Theme

Who’s Watching Whom?

by RV Staff Writer J.C.

Jason and Katie are playing checkers and watching TV...

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

Trolls Go Trick-or-Treating

by RV Staff Writer J.C.

The group of trolls are scared of the neighborhood c...

726 Words, 2nd-4th Grades, Character Traits, Story Elements, Theme

Portia's Speech

by William Shakespeare from The Merchant of Venice

Act IV, Scene 1 passage: William Shakespeare's chara...

243 Words, 9th-12th Grades, Figurative Language, Theme

Before the Battle

by Stephen Crane from The Red Badge of Courage

Chapter I passage: Stephen Crane's classic tale "The...

381 Words, 8th-10th Grades, Character Traits, Context Clues, Summary, Theme

Macbeth

by William Shakespeare from Macbeth

Act V passage: Macbeth's lament for his wife is full...

196 Words, 11th-12th Grades, Figurative Language, Theme

Secrets

by Louisa May Alcott from Little Women

Chapter Fourteen passage: Much of Louisa May Alcott'...

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

Little Faithful

by Louisa May Alcott from Little Women

Chapter Seventeen passage: "Little Women" chronicle...

1,097 Words, 4th-6th Grades, Character Traits, Context Clues, Theme