Themes in Mr. Popper's Penguins

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Mr. Popper's Penguins - Theme

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Themes, symbols, and motifs come alive when you use a storyboard. In this activity, students will identify a theme of Mr. Popper's Penguins, and support it with evidence from the text.


One theme is "adventure". Mr. Popper has many adventures with his new pet penguins:

  • Mr. Popper daydreams about adventures at the North and South Pole and regrets never having left Stillwater.
  • Mr. Popper makes changes in the house to accommodate his new pet, Captain Cook.
  • Mr. Popper ends up in jail with his twelve penguins after mistaking the Regal Theater for the Royal Theater.

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Student Instructions

Identify and illustrate themes from Mr. Popper's Penguins.

  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.
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