Several themes are present in the book. Students can pick a theme to explore and should support their choice with specific details or events from the text. One prominent theme is friendship. Kate and Cocoa have a very strong bond, and the story shares their adventures together.
Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa are very good friends. Cowgirl Kate shows friendship by taking really good care of Cocoa and feeding him whenever he is hungry.
Cocoa shows friendship to Kate by being there for her. He helps her count the cows and sings her a lullaby when she cannot sleep.
Other themes that can be explored are: responsibility, love of animals, and farming.
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Create a storyboard that identifies a theme in Cowgirl Kate. Illustrate examples and write a short description below each cell.
Grade Level 2-3
Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)
Type of Assignment Individual or Partner
Type of Activity: Themes, Symbols & MotifsCommon Core Standards
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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).
Images clearly show connection with the theme(s).
Some images help to show the theme.
Images do not help in understanding the theme.