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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”. 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.


Example 1

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.

  • Mudge: "He whined a little, alone without Henry."
  • Henry: "When Henry called and called but Mudge didn't come, Henry's heart hurt and he cried for an hour.”

Example 2

Henry and Mudge are happy when they see each other every day.

  • "Every day when Henry woke up, he saw Mudge's big head. And every day when Mudge woke up, he saw Henry's small face. "

Other themes that can be explored are: responsibility, pets, problem-solving, companionship, family, life lessons, and loyalty.

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard that identifies a theme in Henry and Mudge. 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.

Lesson Plan Reference

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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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