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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 two of the themes in The Tiger Rising. Teachers may ask students to identify and illustrate two themes, or identify one theme and illustrate two examples of it.


Examples of Themes in The Tiger Rising

Grief and Loss

Rob and his father suffered a great loss when Rob’s mother died. Rob pushed his feelings aside and tried to ignore them until they all came out at once. Sistine grieves her father, who has moved away and is no longer in her life.

Friendship

When Rob moves to a new town, he doesn’t know anyone and is lonely. He finds the most unexpected friend in Sistine, and realizes how important it is to have a friend in his life.

Feelings

Rob packed his feelings about his mother’s death away and pretended they didn’t exist. When he released his sorrow and pain, he felt better and had hope for his future.


Template and Class Instructions

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Due Date:

Objective: Create a storyboard that identifies recurring themes in The Tiger Rising. 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 Tiger Rising 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 finished.

Lesson Plan Reference

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

Rubric

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Themes
Create a storyboard that identifies recurring themes in the story. Illustrate instances of each and write a short description that explains the example's significance.
Proficient Emerging Beginning
Identify Theme(s)
All themes are correctly identified as important recurring topics or messages in the story.
Some themes are correctly identified, but others are missing or do not make sense with the story.
No themes are correctly identified.
Examples
All examples support the identified themes. Descriptions clearly say why examples are significant.
Most examples fit the identified themes. Descriptions say why examples are significant.
Most examples do not fit the identified themes. Descriptions are unclear.
Depiction
Storyboard cells clearly show connection with the themes and help with understanding.
Most storyboard cells help to show the themes, but some storyboard cells are difficult to understand.
Storyboard cells do not help in understanding the themes.


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