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Activity Overview


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.


Examples of Themes in The Lions of Little Rock

Racial Discrimination

The story takes place in the South during the 1950s, a time when Black people were not given the same rights as white people.

Bravery

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.

Friendship

Marlee and Liz’s friendship will not be broken up because of their skin color or anything else.

Social Justice

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.



Template and Class Instructions

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Due Date:

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.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Identify the themes from The Lions of Little Rock you wish to include and write them in the headings.
  3. Create an image for an example that represents this theme using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  4. Write a short description of each of the examples.
  5. Save and submit storyboard.

Requirements:

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 4-6

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual

Type of Activity: Themes, Symbols & Motifs

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/6/2] Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/4/2] Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/5/2] Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.

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