A theme is a central idea, subject, or message in a story. Many stories have more than one important theme. For this activity, students will identify and illustrate the themes in Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. Teachers may want the students to identify and illustrate 2 themes, one for each cell, or identify one theme, and show two examples of it, one example per cell.Teachers may also increase the amount of themes they want students to illustrate as a way to differentiate.
Sadako contracts leukemia when she is just two years old, as a result of war. Sadako’s story is almost like a plea for peace and anti-violence.
Sadako’s family is by her side throughout everything. They have a strong sense of togetherness, tradition, and respect.
Sadako continues to hope for recovery, even as she gets sicker and sicker. She continues to fold the cranes until she is physically unable to do so.
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Objective: Create a storyboard that identifies 2 recurring themes in Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. Illustrate instances of each theme and write a short description below each cell.
Grade Level 4-6
Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)
Type of Assignment Individual
Type of Activity: Themes, Symbols & MotifsCommon Core Standards