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Activity Overview


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.



Friendship

Example 1

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.


Example 2

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.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 2-3

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual or Partner

Type of Activity: Themes, Symbols & Motifs

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/2/2] Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/3/2] Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.
  • [ELA-Literacy/L/3/2] Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.


Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard that identifies a theme in Cowgirl Kate. Illustrate examples and write a short description below each cell.


  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Identify a theme in the story and write it on the row.
  3. Find three examples of the theme in the text and describe one in each cell.
  4. Illustrate each example with appropriate characters, scenes, and items.
  5. Save and submit your storyboard.


Rubric

(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)



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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