Free Literature Theme Cards

May 03, 2015

My afterschool tutoring group has recently been working on identifying Main Idea and Theme, specifically CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.9 - Compare and contrast the themes, settings, and plots of stories written by the same author about the same or similar characters (e.g., in books from a series). 

To help my students understand what theme is, I used this little acronym I've seen all of the Internet: THEME = THE Message.  The kids thought this was so neat, and I found it really helped them remember what Theme is and how it differs from the main idea.

After introducing my students to theme, I went over some of the basic themes found in children's literature.  To help, I created these cards that we hung around the classroom after our discussion.  These cards would be great to keep up year-round.  After reading a book as a class, decide which theme it fits under, and then, post the cover image below the poster.

You can download them for FREE here!  A version with white backgrounds (to save on ink) is also included.  Enjoy!

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