The Watsons Go To Birmingham Theme

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The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963 Theme

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In this activity, students will identify a theme and support the theme with evidence from the text. One theme is "death" and another is "friendship".


Themes to Look For and Discuss

Death

Byron, who is usually a cruel bully, becomes emotional after throwing a cookie at a mourning dove and killing it. Later in the novel, Kenny nearly drowns and sees a “Wool Pooh”, which symbolizes death. Lastly, the church bombing killed four innocent little girls who were attending Sunday school.


Friendship

Byron and Buphead are great friends, but Buphead is a negative influence on Byron, and they cut school often. Kenny almost loses Rufus as his best friend, but realizes that he needs to stick by his friend, even if it means he gets made fun of. The last example of friendship is between Byron and Kenny. They don’t get along often, but in the end, Byron is the one who consoles Kenny.



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Create a storyboard depicting themes in The Watsons Go to Birmingham.

  1. Use the template provided by your teacher.
  2. Identify a theme from the novel.
  3. Describe three examples of the theme.
  4. Illustrate each scene with appropriate characters, scenes, and items.
  5. Save and submit your storyboard.
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