A theme is a central idea, subject, or message in a story. Many stories have more than one important theme, and it helps inform the story. For this activity, students will identify and illustrate the themes in Calico Girl. 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.
Callie is a very smart girl, and education is important to her and her family.
Callie wonders what it feels like to be truly free. She loses Joseph to the slave trade, and she is somewhat thankful that Little Charlie will never have to know what it’s like to be enslaved.
Callie’s family is very close. Even though Joseph isn’t her brother by blood, he was a brother to her.
Hampton saves a drowning soldier even though he knows it is a huge risk.
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Objective: Create a storyboard that identifies recurring themes in Calico Girl. 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