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Activity Overview


Themes, symbols, and motifs come alive when you use a Storyboard. In this activity, students will identify a theme of The Birchbark House and support it with evidence from the text.


One theme is "the relationship between humans and nature”:

  • Omakayas calls the bear cubs her brothers and speaks to the mother bear, who leaves her unharmed.
  • Omakayas asks the bears to teach her about their medicines.
  • When Omakayas and her family are near starvation, Nokomis dreams of a dear. She speaks to Deydey about this dream, who then finds the deer, killing it for food.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 4-5

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual or Partner

Type of Activity: Themes, Symbols & Motifs

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/5/2] Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.


Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard that identifies a theme in The Birchbark House. 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.


Rubric

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



Themes
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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