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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 Miracle Worker.

Examples of Themes in The Miracle Worker


Annie Sullivan a perfect example of someone who refuses to give up. Even when she is hit, spit at, kicked, and told that Helen was unteachable, she did not give up on Helen.


Helen Keller’s family desperately wants to transform their way of life with Helen, but they don’t know how. Annie wants to transform the family’s perception of Helen, as well teach her how to communicate and behave.

Perception and Judgement

The Kellers judge Annie when she first arrives, based on her age and where she is from. They also perceive Helen to be unteachable and because of her disabilities, do not treat her like a “normal” child.


The entire play revolves around the family’s inability to communicate with Helen. There is frustration, anger, and sadness. Annie’s goal is to teach Helen to communicate, and to teach the family to understand Helen.


It is clear that the family loves each other deeply. Through all of the anger and challenges, they know that they must move on from what they know to be true and forge new relationships with one another. It is also clear that Annie loves Helen and her family.

Template and Class Instructions

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Objective: Create a storyboard that identifies recurring themes in The Miracle Worker. 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 Miracle Worker 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 exit when you're done.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-8

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/7/2] Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/8/2] Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text

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