Activity Overview

Themes, symbols, and motifs come alive when you use a Storyboard. In this activity, students will identify a theme of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and support it with evidence from the text.

One theme is “Childhood Imagination”:

  • The cat vanishes slowly beginning with the tail, and ending with the grin, which remained some time after the rest of it had gone.
  • Alice tries to play croquet using hedgehogs as balls and flamingos as mallets.

A second theme is “Identity”:

  • "I almost think I can remember feeling a little different. But if I'm not the same, the next question is, Who in the world am I? Ah, THAT's the great puzzle!"
  • Alice tells the Caterpillar that she cannot explain herself because she is confused after having changed sizes so many times.

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard depicting important themes from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

  1. Use the template provided by your teacher.
  2. Identify two themes in the story in the left-most column.
  3. Describe two examples for each theme in the other two columns. Use quotes as needed.
  4. Illustrate each example with appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
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Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 4-5

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual or Partner

Type of Activity: Themes, Symbols & Motifs


(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)

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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