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 The Crossover. Teachers may want to have students illustrate three different themes, or have them choose one theme and illustrate 3 examples of it. For the example, the theme of family is illustrated with three examples.
Josh and his brother are very close, and they have a wonderful relationship with their parents. They are always there for each other, cheer each other on, and support each other.
Josh and JB practice basketball constantly. They are both very determined boys. Josh has a very strong work ethic and will stop at nothing to achieve his goal.
Josh and JB encounter many of the struggles that come with growing up including school, girls, social life, competition, and sick parents.
Since the boys are twins, it is even harder for them to see themselves as unique individuals. Josh’s identity has always been his hair, which had to be cut off toward the beginning of the story.
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Objective: Create a storyboard that identifies recurring themes in The Crossover. Illustrate instances of each theme and write a short description below each cell.
Grade Level 5-6
Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)
Type of Assignment Individual
Type of Activity: Themes, Symbols & MotifsCommon Core Standards