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Determine the Theme
Write the theme that closely matches the character’s actions in the text..
Theme Word Bank:
sacrifice
teamwork
greed
friendship
loyalty
loss/grief
courage
honesty
never give up
don’t judge a book by its cover
it is better to give than to receive
My best friend was having a party Friday night, but I also had a baseball game.
This was going to be a tough decision. If I do not go to the game, I will let my
team down.
Topic:
Theme?
She sobbed for hours trying to think of a way out of having to tell her father she
wrecked her new car. After stewing over it for quite some time, she called her
father on his cell phone. “Thank you,” he said.
Topic:
Theme?:
The phone rang. She dropped the phone and tears began to drop onto her
cheek. Her lip quivered as she pictured the scene that was described to her. “No!”
she wailed.
Topic:
Theme?:
NAME:
Ben knew his friend was about to receive a check for not being prepared for
class. This would have been the third day in a row he would have to stand out.
Ben gave the pencil to Tim. Later, Ben received a check and had to stand out.
Topic:
Theme?:
Kim had gone through her closet with her mom over the weekend. She remembered a new
girl at school who always seemed to wear the same pants over and over. Kim wondered what
she could do with those clothes. She handed the new girl a bag as she passed her in the
hallway.
Topic:
Theme?:
There was a ragged old woman following behind me as I walked down each isle. She had a strange
look on her face, as her missing teeth distorted her smile. I rushed to try to avoid her, as I was a little
nervous about what she might do. Come to find out, I dropped some money and she was trying to
return it to me.
Topic:
Theme?:
The three-year-old peered down from the diving board and looked back at his
mother behind him. His knees began to buckle as he took another step forward.
“Splash!”
Topic:
Theme?:
NAME:
“You can do it!” shouted her father, as he pushed Chloe and let go. She was going on
her on, but suddenly fell. She cried, but said, “Again, daddy.” This time, she went farther
falling into the ditch. A few moments later, she was riding down the street, smiling from
ear to ear!
Theme:
How did you know?:
The girls were coloring when Mike wanted to join along. One girl moved the crayons
closer to them. The other girl proceeded to take the other crayon boxes. Mike had no
crayons to use. One girl remarked, “These crayons are ours. Find your own.”
Theme:
How did you know?:
Jim was stacking boxes at work. There was a certain height he had to reach. He
stretched his body, but could not reach to place the final box at the top. Bill happened
to see Jim struggling and came to his rescue, since he was a foot taller.
Theme:
How did you know?:
Susie was waiting for Tina to arrive in the crowded lunch room. She looked
through the crowd to see if she could spot Tina from afar. Tina was standing in
an area all by herself. She had a perplexed look on her face, as there were no
other seats available. Thankfully, Susie saved her a seat, and all was well.
Theme:
How did you know?:
DATE:
Answer Guide
Determine the Theme
Write the topic& theme that closely matches the character’s actions in the text.
sacrifice
loss/grief
teamwork
courage
Topic Word Bank:
greed
friendship
honesty
never give up
loyalty
1. My best friend was having a party Friday night, but I also had a baseball
game. This was going to be a tough decision. If I do not go to the game, I
will let my team down.
Topic: Difficult Decisions/Being Responsible
Theme?: Being responsible means doing the right thing.
2. She sobbed for hours trying to think of a way out of having to tell her father
she wrecked her new car. After stewing over it for quite some time, she
called her father on his cell phone. “Thank you,” he said.
Topic: honesty
Theme?: Honesty is the best policy.
3. The phone rang. She dropped the phone and tears began to drop onto
her cheek. Her lip quivered as she pictured the scene that was described to
her. “No!” she wailed.
Topic: Loss/grief (sadness over the death of a loved one)
Theme?: Life can be unexpected.
NAME:
4. Ben knew his friend was about to receive a check for not being prepared for
class. This would have been the third day in a row he would have to stand out.
Ben gave the pencil to Tim. Later, Ben received a check and had to stand out.
Topic: sacrifice, friendship
Theme?: Friendship means making sacrifices for each other
out.
5.
Kim had gone through her closet with her mom over the weekend. She remembered a new
girl at school who always seemed to wear the same pants over and over. Kim wondered
what she could do with those clothes. She handed the new girl a bag as she passed her in
the hallway.
Theme
Theme?: : it is better to give than to receive
There was a ragged old woman following behind me as I walked down each isle. She had a strange
look on her face, as her missing teeth distorted her smile. I rushed to try to avoid her, as I was a little
nervous about what she might do. Come to find out, I dropped some money and she was trying to
return it to me.
Theme: don’t judge a book by its cover
How did you know?: answers will vary
The three-year-old peered down from the diving board and looked back at his
mother behind him. His knees began to buckle as he took another step forward.
“Splash!”
Theme: courage
How did you know?:
NAME:
answers will vary
“You can do it!” shouted her father, as he pushed Chloe and let go. She was going on
her on, but suddenly fell. She cried, but said, “Again, daddy.” This time, she went farther
falling into the ditch. A few moments later, she was riding down the street, smiling from
ear to ear!
Theme: never give up
How did you know?: answers will vary
The girls were coloring when Mike wanted to join along. One girl moved the crayons
closer to them. The other girl proceeded to take the other crayon boxes. Mike had no
crayons to use. One girl remarked, “These crayons are ours. Find your own.”
Theme: greed
How did you know?:
answers will vary
Jim was stacking boxes at work. There was a certain height he had to reach. He
stretched his body, but could not reach to place the final box at the top. Bill happened
to see Jim struggling and came to his rescue, since he was a foot taller.
Theme: teamwork
How did you know?:
answers will vary
Susie was waiting for Tina to arrive in the crowded lunch room. She looked
through the crowd to see if she could spot Tina from afar. Tina was standing in
an area all by herself. She had a perplexed look on her face, as there were no
other seats available. Thankfully, Susie saved her a seat, and all was well.
Theme: friendship
How did you know?:
DATE:
answers will vary
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