I worked on a Language Arts curriculum committee a couple of years ago to review and rewrite our district's K - 12 curriculum and now that the Core's been published, we've found that our state standards were more strenuous than the Core. This means teachers in my district and probably around the state, won't have any difficulty aligning with it.
I created this Core Reading theme sheet that can be used with any story or book. It's for grades 4 and 5, however, it can be used with any other grade that includes themes as part of their Core requirements.
I also added a student self assessment that can be used once the kids have completed the theme worksheet. Teachers and students love them!