Identifying Theme Using Close Reading Strategies


Total Pages: 52
File Size: 9 MB



Help your students easily identify the theme of a literary text by using close reading strategies! This resource comes with a variety of close reading anchor charts, annotating guides, reference cards, reference charts, bookmarks, graphic organizers, interactive notebook templates, practice stories, and so much more!

This product easily breaks down the steps of annotating a text and explains why it’s important for students to show their thinking while they are reading.

Annotation reference cards and bookmarks are included to help students mark the text as they are reading. This strategy helps students keep track of key ideas and questions. It also supports a better understanding of the text.

Theme can be confusing for students. It is often confused with the topic of the story. The activities in this product also teach students the difference between the topic and theme of a text.

Six graphic organizers and interactive notebook templates are included. These activities break down the process and help students with the following…

  • how to identify story elements such as characters, setting, problem, and solution
  • how to summarize a text without including every event and detail
  • how to find the main idea and summarize it into one sentence
  • how to determine the topic and theme of a text with a breakdown of what to look for

These 6 activities can be used with any text!

Nine theme practice stories are also included. Students use their annotating strategies for close reading to answer questions about characterization, summary, main idea, topic, and theme. A “Read & Respond” answer sheet is included to help break down these steps for students.

The 9 theme practice stories include:

  • adapted fairy tales
  • narrative fiction
  • poetry
  • fables

All colored pages comes with an ink saving black and white version!

The following is a breakdown of what’s included in the download:

  • Close Reading Anchor Charts
  • Annotating Guides
  • Annotating Reference Cards
  • Annotating Bookmarks
  • List of Topics Reference Chart
  • Small Topics Reference Cards
  • List of Themes Reference Chart
  • Small Themes Reference Cards
  • 3 Practice Sheets for Determining Topic & Theme – How to Know the Difference
  • 6 Graphic Organizers & Interactive Notebook Templates that teach students how to identify story element, summarize, find the main idea, and identify the topic and theme of a story
  • 9 theme practice stories including adapted fairy tales, narrative fiction, poetry, and fables
  • 2 page “Read & Respond” answer sheet to use with each story included
  • Answer Keys and Teaching Guides


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