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 “fairness”. The Camel was not being fair to the other animals because they had to work harder to make up for his laziness. The Djinn thought it was fair to give the Camel his hump to punish him for not working.

Example 1:

The Man tells the Dog, Ox, and Horse that they have to do more work because the Camel refuses to do anything. This is not fair.

Example 2:

The Horse asks if it is right for someone to be lazy and not help with work. The Djinn says that it is not fair for someone to act that way, and he ends up giving the Camel his hump because the Camel was not being fair.

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard that identifies a theme in "How the Camel Got His Hump". 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.

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.


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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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