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Activity Overview

Several themes are present in the book. Students can pick a theme to explore and should support their choice with specific details or events from the text. One prominent theme is family/companionship.

Example Student Response


Pandora and Seabold both live solitary lives and are fine with it. However, throughout the story they find that they like and need the companionship of each other. Then when the three mice arrive, they find that they enjoy having the comfort of a family.

Example 1:

Pandora has been a lighthouse keeper for years in almost complete solitude. Though she loves her job, when Seabold arrives, she cannot help but love the changes happening in her life. She realizes she can still do her dream job and have a family.

Example 2:

Seabold has always been a sailor. When he was old enough, he built a boat and was off sailing the sea ever since. However, living at the lighthouse and seeing Pandora's selflessness made Seabold yearn for companionship and a higher purpose.

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard that identifies a theme in The Storm. Illustrate examples and write a short description below each cell.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Identify a theme from The Storm.
  3. Create an image for an example that represents this theme.
  4. Write a description of each of the examples.

Lesson Plan Reference

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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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