Activity Overview

Themes, symbols, and motifs come alive when you use a storyboard. In this activity, students will identify one or more themes and support them with evidence from the text.

Example Themes from Bridge to Terabithia


The characters either experience true friendship, or desire it.

  • May Belle hopes the new neighbors have a girl her age.
  • Jess and Leslie become the best of friends, spending much of their time in Terabithia.
  • Janice Avery's “friends” blab to everyone in the seventh grade that her father beats her.


Leslie inspires Jess to be more courageous.

  • Jess insists that Gary Fulcher let Leslie race even though she is a girl.
  • Jess and Leslie prank Janice Avery, sneaking into the classroom to leave the note.
  • Jess is afraid of many things and wishes to become fearless, like Leslie.

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard that identifies themes in Bridge to Terabithia. Illustrate instances of each theme and write a short description below each cell.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Identify the theme(s) from Bridge to Terabithia 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

Grade Level 4-5

Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)

Type of Assignment Individual or Partner

Type of Activity: Themes, Symbols & Motifs

Common Core Standards
  • [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.


(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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