Common Core Standards
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.
5th Grade Reading - Theme Lesson
Theme A theme of a story is a life lesson that teaches the reader about life and the world through the characters and the events.
When identifying the theme of a story, look for:
An idea that applies to more than one person or a situation
Example: Friends should look out for each other.
What a character learns from his/her own or the others’ mistakes
Example: When you do something bad, something bad happens to you.
The main idea of the story
Example: Family is important.
The challenges characters in the story or a drama face.
Example: Facing one’s worst fears. The topic the speaker of a poem addresses.
Example: The idea of people changing over time.