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Activity Overview


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 the themes in Because of Mr. Terupt. Teachers may want the students to identify and illustrate 3 themes, one for each cell, or identify one theme, and show three examples of it, one example per cell.


Examples of Themes in Because of Mr. Terupt

Forgiveness

One example of forgiveness is when Danielle, Jessica, and Anna forgive Alexia for the terrible way she treated them.

Change

All of the characters change because of Mr. Terupt. One example is how Jeffery used to never talk and was considered a slacker. The reader learns of his brother’s passing and he discovers it wasn’t his fault.

Personal Responsibility

The students learn to take responsibility for their own actions as well as not to blame themselves for something that isn’t their fault. One example is Alexia: she learns that she must fix the problems that she has caused by being so cruel to others.

Friendship

There are many friendships that struggle and are formed throughout the book. One example is the friendship, or lack thereof, of Alexia and Danielle. They were friends when they were younger, then Alexia became the mean girl; unable to be trusted. When Alexia realizes how wrong she’s been, she truly apologizes and the girls become real friends.



Template and Class Instructions

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Due Date:

Objective: Create a storyboard that identifies recurring themes in Because of Mr. Terupt. Illustrate instances of each theme and write a short description below each cell.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Identify the themes from Because of Mr. Terupt you wish to include and write them in the headings.
  3. Create an image for an example that represents this theme using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  4. Write a short description of each of the examples.
  5. Save and exit when you're done.

Lesson Plan Reference

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/6/2] Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/4/2] Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/5/2] Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.

Rubric

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Themes
Create a storyboard that identifies recurring themes in the story. Illustrate instances of each and write a short description that explains the example's significance.
Proficient Emerging Beginning
Identify Theme(s)
All themes are correctly identified as important recurring topics or messages in the story.
Some themes are correctly identified, but others are missing or do not make sense with the story.
No themes are correctly identified.
Examples
All examples support the identified themes. Descriptions clearly say why examples are significant.
Most examples fit the identified themes. Descriptions say why examples are significant.
Most examples do not fit the identified themes. Descriptions are unclear.
Depiction
Storyboard cells clearly show connection with the themes and help with understanding.
Most storyboard cells help to show the themes, but some storyboard cells are difficult to understand.
Storyboard cells do not help in understanding the themes.





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