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 Lions of Little Rock. Teachers may want the students to identify and illustrate 3 themes, one for each cell, or identify one theme, and show three examples of it, one example per cell.
The story takes place in the South during the 1950s, a time when Black people were not given the same rights as white people.
Many of the characters in the novel exhibit bravery, but Marlee is who the reader sees it in the most. One example of Marlee’s bravery is when she gives the presentation in front of the whole class by herself.
Marlee and Liz’s friendship will not be broken up because of their skin color or anything else.
Marlee and her mother join the WEC, which is short for Women’s Emergency Committee to Open Our Schools. The reader also learns about other real groups that were around to promote social justice at that time.
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Objective: Create a storyboard that identifies recurring themes in The Lions of Little Rock. 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