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Activity Overview

Several themes are present in the novel. Students can pick a theme to explore and should support their choice with specific details or events from the text. One prominent theme is good vs. evil. Princess Saralinda and Zorn of Zorna are seen as good, and the Duke is seen as evil.

An example of the good vs. evil theme is:


"The Princess Saralinda was tall, with freesias in her dark hair, and she wore serenity brightly like a rainbow. It was not easy to tell her mouth from the rose, or her brow from the white lilac."


"She's not my niece," the lame man sneered. "Stole her from a king." He showed his lower teeth. "We all have flaws," he said, "and mine is being wicked."

Other themes that can be explored are: courage, bravery, and love.

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard illustrating important themes from The Thirteen Clocks.

  1. Use the template provided by your teacher.
  2. Identify two themes in the story and type them into the title boxes.
  3. Find quotes from the story that describe the themes and type them into the description.
  4. Illustrate each example with scenes, characters, and items.
  5. Click "Save & Exit" when done.

Lesson Plan Reference

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/2/2] Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/3/2] Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.


(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)

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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