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Activity Overview


There are many themes, symbols, and motifs present throughout the novel The Stars Beneath Our Feet. In this activity, students will identify themes, symbols, and motifs in the novel and illustrate examples from the text. Students can explore by identifying these elements themselves or in an “envelope activity”, where they are given one or more to track throughout their reading. Then, they'll create a spider map illustrating what they found!

Examples of Themes, Symbols and Motifs in The Stars Beneath Our Feet

  • Family
  • Friendship
  • Counseling
  • Coming of Age
  • Trauma
  • Grief and Acceptance
  • Street violence and Gun violence
  • Death
  • Choices
  • Art, Creativity, and Imagination
  • The Coyote
  • The Legos
  • The Gun
  • Jermaine's Bed
  • Harmonee
  • Stars

Template and Class Instructions

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Due Date:

Objective: Create a storyboard that identifies recurring themes, symbols, or motifs found in The Stars Beneath Our Feet. Illustrate each and write a short description below each cell.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Identify the themes, symbols, or motifs from The Stars Beneath Our Feet you wish to include and type them in the title box at the top.
  3. Create an image for examples that represent each symbol using appropriate scenes, characters and items.
  4. Write a description of each of the examples in the black text box.
  5. Save often.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-8

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual

Type of Activity: Themes, Symbols & Motifs


Rubric

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Symbolism
Create a storyboard that identifies symbolism in the story. Illustrate instances of each and write a short description that explains the example's significance.
Proficient Emerging Beginning
Identify Symbol(s)
All symbols are correctly identified as objects that represent something else at a higher level in the story.
Most symbols are correctly identified, but some objects are missing or are incorrectly identified as significant symbols.
No symbols are correctly identified.
Examples
All examples support the identified symbols. Descriptions clearly say why examples are significant.
Most examples fit the identified symbols. Descriptions say why examples are significant.
Most examples do not fit the identified symbols. Descriptions are unclear.
Depiction
Storyboard cells clearly show connection with the symbols and help with understanding.
Most storyboard cells help to show the symbols but some storyboard cells are difficult to understand.
Storyboard cells do not help in understanding the symbols.


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