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Activity Overview


Themes, symbols, and motifs come alive when you use a storyboard. In this activity, students will identify a theme of “Casey at the Bat” and support it with evidence from the text.


One theme is “admiration”. Three examples for this theme are:

  • The crowd wishes that Casey were up next at bat.

    The text states, "They thought, 'If only Casey could but get a whack at that-"

  • The crowd roars when Casey goes up to bat.

    The text states, "For Casey, mighty Casey, was advancing to the bat."

  • Casey silences the crowd by raising his hand.

    The text states, "And it's likely they'd have killed him had not Casey raised his hand.”


Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 4-5

Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)

Type of Assignment Individual

Type of Activity: Themes, Symbols & Motifs

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/4/2] Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.


Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard that identifies a theme in “Casey at the Bat”. Illustrate instances of the theme and write a short description below each cell.


  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Identify the theme(s) from “Casey at the Bat” 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.



Rubric

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Themes
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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