Essay on Themes

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Grade Level
Middle School
Length of Time
1 hour

In this lesson, you will write an essay on a theme of The Call of the Wild by Jack London.


Students will learn:
To identify themes
To write an essay on themes

Materials Needed

The Call of the Wild by Jack London
Notebook paper
Pens and whiteouts


First, you will have the students read The Call of the Wild by Jack London. You can assign this as homework.

After they have read the book by the date you set, you can discuss the different elements in the book.

A theme is the main idea that an author wants to reveal to readers. Students need to decide what the themes are and how the author reveals them in his book.

Then, you will have them write an essay on a theme and provide examples backing up their main point of their essay.

When they have completed their essay, you will have them review it, edit it, and revise it before they submit it to you for grading.


You can grade the students on the structure of their essay, their grammar, punctuation, spelling, sentence structure, and paragraph structure.

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