A theme is a central idea, subject, or message in a story. Many stories have more than one important theme. For this activity, students will identify and illustrate two of the themes in A Single Shard. Teachers may want the students to identify and illustrate two themes, one for each cell, or identify one theme and show two examples of it, one example per cell.
Tree-ear has a lot of integrity. One example of this is when Tree-ear sees a farmer whose seeds are falling out of his bag. Rather than stealing the seeds without the farmer ever knowing, Tree-ear tells the farmer of the hole in his bag.
Tree-ear has enormous respect for the adults in his life. One example of this is when he takes half of his dinner home to Crane-man each day so that his elder may have enough food to eat.
Tree-ear is extremely loyal. One example of this is when he offers to walk to Songdo so that Min may have his work presented to the palace.
Tree-ear’s strong work ethic is evident throughout the book. One example of this is when he learns of Kang’s inlay technique, but resists telling Min about it, knowing that it would be dishonorable and wrong.
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Objective: Create a storyboard that identifies recurring themes in A Single Shard. Illustrate instances of each theme and write a short description below each cell.
Grade Level 4-6
Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)
Type of Assignment Individual
Type of Activity: Themes, Symbols & MotifsCommon Core Standards