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Activity Overview

A theme is a central idea, subject, or message in a story. Many stories have more than one important theme. For this activity, students will identify and illustrate the themes in Glory Be.

Examples of Themes in Glory Be


Glory shows courage many times throughout the story. One example of this is when she writes a letter to the editor of the Hanging Moss Tribune. The readers learn that Robbie is courageous when they learn that he was arrested for standing up for civil rights.


Glory goes through a lot with her best friend, Frankie and their friendship is tested in many ways. Glory also values her friendship with Laura, even though many people thought she didn’t belong in town.


During this time in the South, Black people were seen as “separate but equal”, but often not treated as such.


The theme of fear comes up in more than one way throughout the novel. One example is that many white people in town fear what will happen if their community pool is integrated. This fear causes anger and division within the town.

Template and Class Instructions

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Objective: Create a storyboard that identifies recurring themes in Glory Be. Illustrate instances of each theme and write a short description below each cell.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Identify the themes from Glory Be you wish to include and write them in the headings.
  3. Create an image for an example that represents this theme using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  4. Write a short description of each of the examples.
  5. Save and exit when you're done.


Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 5-6

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual or Partner

Type of Activity: Themes, Symbols & Motifs

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/6/2] Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments
  • [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.

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