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Activity Overview


Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You is filled with rich literary elements such as imagery, irony, metaphors, and similes. It also discusses many themes and symbols that are intertwined with various literary elements. These elements will come alive when you use a storyboard to analyze and describe them. In this activity, students will identify and explain examples of themes, symbolism, motifs, or figurative language from the novel. They should be sure to support their choices with details from the text.


Examples of Literary Elements in Stamped

  • Theme: Enduring Legacy of Colonialism
  • Theme: Enduring Legacy of Slavery
  • Theme: Hypocrisy in Leadership
  • Theme: Stories are told by the victor
  • Theme: Media in perpetuating harmful stereotypes
  • Theme: Black culture is American culture
  • Theme: White Privilege
  • Simile: Racism as a dinosaur
  • Simile: Freedom like quicksand
  • Motif: Stamped
  • and more


Template and Class Instructions

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Due Date:

Objective: Create a storyboard that identifies literary elements (themes, motifs, symbolism, figurative language, etc.) found in Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You. Illustrate each literary element you find in the text and write a short description below each cell.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Identify the literary elements from Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You you wish to include and type them in the title box at the top.
  3. Create an image for examples that represent each literary element using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  4. Write a description of each of the examples in the black text box.
  5. Save and exit when you're done.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 9-12

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual or Partner

Type of Activity: Themes, Symbols & Motifs

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/8/2] Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/8/4] Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/5/1] Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

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