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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 from the book and support it with evidence from the text.


One theme is family. The main characters are brother and sister, and Saxonberg is their grandfather. Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler becomes their honorary grandmother.


Three examples of evidence for this theme are:

  • "What happened was: they became a team, a family of two.There had been times before they ran away when they had acted like a team, but those were very different from feeling like a team."
  • "He must have thought STAY PUT exactly hard enough, for Claudia did just that.They never knew exactly why she did, but she did."
  • "Well Saxonberg, that's why I'm leaving the drawing of Angel to…your two lost grandchildren that you were so worried about. Since they intend to make me their grandmother, and you already are their grandfather, that makes us—oh, well, I won't even think about it."
Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 4-5

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

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.


Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard that identifies a theme in Mixed-Up Files. 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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