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Activity Overview

Themes, symbols, and motifs come alive when you use a storyboard. In this activity, students will identify themes from "Amigo Brothers" and support their choices with details from the text.

Themes to Look For and Discuss


Felix and Antonio's friendship is based on years of trust and support of each other. Antonio and Felix don't let competition or personal gain get in the way of their friendship.

Hard Work

Antonio and Felix rise to the top through hard work. They work out every chance they get, either going to Boys Club or the pro gym, running, or practicing their jabs on the street.

Good Sportsmanship

Felix and Antonio respect each other as boxers. They do not trash talk each other, and they try to follow all the referee's commands. For them, love of the sport is more important than winning.

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard that identifies themes in "Amigo Brothers". Illustrate instances of each theme and write a short description below each cell.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Identify the theme(s) from "Amigo Brothers" 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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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.

How To Use Pictures to Enhance Learning


Discuss Themes in Amigo Brothers

Lead your class on a discussion of the themes in Amigo Brothers. Help them remember that a theme is the lesson they learn about life after reading a story.


Assist Students in Choosing a Theme

In almost all cases, there will be more than one theme present in a story. Because different readers bring different life experiences when they read, allow each student to choose what they think is the most meaningful theme.


Students Illustrate Ideas

Drawing helps student to flesh out their learning and retain what they have read. For each theme, have students draw two or three illustrations that depict the point in the story where the theme comes alive.

Frequently Asked Questions about Identify Themes in "Amigo Brothers"

How can you help students identify themes?

A theme in a story is the lesson you learn after reading the story. This can certainly be an abstract idea for students to grasp. Using manipulatives or hands on activities is the best way to help students identify theme. A storyboard would be the perfect way in.

Which theme is most dominant in Amigo Brothers?

Students can learn a lot about friendship by reading Amigo Brothers. The two protagonists, Antonio and Felix, put their own dreams aside for the sake of their friendship. Students can learn the importance of putting friends first when they read this story.

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