Activity Overview

In this activity, students will identify a theme and support the theme with evidence from the text. One theme is greed.

King Midas Theme Example


In the fable, Midas already has more gold than any other King, but he still wants more. After being warned that he would not be happy with his wish, he doesn’t hesitate or consider the possible results. The morning after meeting the fairy, he awakes eagerly to test out his powers; the King turns his bed, chair, table, and food into gold. It’s not until he turns his own daughter into gold that he realizes the price of his greed.

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard that identifies a theme in King Midas' Golden Touch. Give three examples from the text. Illustrate and write a short description below each cell.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Identify a theme from King Midas' Golden Touch you wish to include and replace the "Theme" text.
  3. Create an image for an example that represents this theme.
  4. Write a description of each of the examples.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 2-3

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual

Type of Activity: Themes, Symbols & Motifs

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/4/2] Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.


(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)

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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