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.
Grade Level 2-3
Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)
Type of Assignment Individual or Partner
Type of Activity: Themes, Symbols & MotifsCommon Core Standards
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Create a storyboard illustrating important themes from The Thirteen Clocks.
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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).
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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