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Activity Overview


Themes, symbols, and motifs come alive when you use a storyboard. In this activity, students will identify a specific theme from "The Treasure of Lemon Brown" and support their choices with details from the text. Using a grid layout and cells with title and description boxes, show scenes from the story that depict the father/son relationships that are represented in it. In the example above, you can see that the theme was about father-son relationships.


"The Treasure of Lemon Brown" Theme Example

Father-Son Relationships

  • Greg and his dad

    Greg is very angry at his dad because he's been grounded from playing basketball - his passion. Greg runs away, but after meeting Lemon, he rethinks his anger. His dad only wants the best for him.

  • Lemon and his son

    Lemon's sister raised his son while he traveled and played his music. He learned that his son was killed in the war and that he had kept his dad's harmonica and news clippings with him.


Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-8

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual or Partner

Type of Activity: Themes, Symbols & Motifs

Common Core Standards
  • [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


Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard that identifies a theme in "The Treasure of Lemon Brown". Illustrate examples and write a short description below each cell.


  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Identify a theme in the story and write it on the row.
  3. Find three examples of the theme in the text and describe one in each cell.
  4. Illustrate each example with appropriate characters, scenes, and items.
  5. Save and submit your storyboard.


Rubric

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



Themes
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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