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”. Henry and Mudge become great friends. They learn how much they really care about each other when Mudge gets lost. They learn that they never want to feel like they’ve lost each other again.
Mudge can't find his way home and Henry can't find Mudge. They are both very sad and miss each other, just like friends do.
Henry and Mudge are happy when they see each other every day.
Other themes that can be explored are: responsibility, pets, problem-solving, companionship, family, life lessons, and loyalty.
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Create a storyboard that identifies a theme in Henry and Mudge. 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.