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Activity Overview


Themes, symbols, and motifs come alive when you use a storyboard. In this activity, students will identify a theme of “Bird Came Down the Walk” and support it with evidence from the text.


The main theme of the poem is nature. Three examples showing this theme are:

  • The narrator watches a bird in nature; the bird splits a worm in two and eats it.
  • The bird drinks morning dew from the grass and lets a beetle pass by.
  • The narrator compares the bird’s flight to a butterfly’s.


Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard that identifies themes in "A Bird Came Down the Walk". Illustrate instances of each theme and write a short description below each cell.


  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Identify the theme(s) from "A Bird Came Down the Walk" you wish to include and replace the "Theme 1" text.
  3. Create an image for an example that represents this theme.
  4. Write a description of each of the examples.

Lesson Plan Reference

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Rubric

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Themes
Create a storyboard that identifies themes in the story. Illustrate examples of each theme and write a short description below each cell.
Proficient Emerging Beginning
Identify Theme(s)
All themes are correctly identified and described.
Some themes are correctly identified.
No themes are correctly identified.
Examples of Theme(s)
All examples support the identified theme(s).
Most examples fit the identified theme(s).
Most examples do not fit the theme(s).
Illustrate Theme
Images clearly show connection with the theme(s).
Some images help to show the theme.
Images do not help in understanding the theme.





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