I was very surprised when 90% of my English class did not know what theme really meant nor how to figure out the theme of a story/text. No, theme is not the main idea. That is what they thought. However, theme is the implied lesson or message/moral that the author wants us to impart to his readers. As a lover of literature, I was saddened to see that so many students altogether missed the theme of a short story that we read so I decided to find some resources to teach theme. I was pretty impressed with the materials below as they include a powerpoint with guided practice as well as worksheets for independent practice that have solid examples.