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 Beyond the Bright Sea. 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.
The novel centers around Crow’s desire to find out about her past and who she really is. Not knowing about her parents keeps Crow from really knowing herself.
Crow is being raised by Osh, who isn’t her biological father; the two of them have a powerful connection. Miss Maggie, also not blood related, is also like family to Crow. Crow also feels a powerful connection to her biological parents and brother, even though she has never met them.
There are many examples of fear throughout the story. One example is because Crow is from Penikese, the island of the lepers, people of Cuttyhunk think she has the disease and will not go near her. They fear her, and will not let go of their fear even though it is obvious that Crow does not have leprosy.
When everyone else around her will not go near Crow, Osh and Miss Maggie are not afraid of her and love her very much. They all have a special bond even though they are not blood related.
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Objective: Create a storyboard that identifies recurring themes in Beyond the Bright Sea. 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
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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.
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.
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.