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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 2 of the themes in The Wild Robot. Teachers may want the students to identify and illustrate 2 themes, one for each cell, or identify one theme and show two examples of it, one example per cell.


Examples of Themes in The Wild Robot

Family

In this story, family members may not look alike or even be in the same species, but that does not matter. Being a part of a family is all about love, trust, and loyalty.

Being Alive

Although Roz does not eat or breathe, she is seemingly very much “alive”. She has emotions and the survival instinct that she learns from observing the animals. Although a manufactured robot, Roz also has the ability to feel compassion, empathy, and love.

Acceptance

When Roz first arrived on the island, the animals were immediately afraid of her and called her a “monster”, even though they knew nothing about her. Without even trying, Roz taught them all the important lesson to accept others, no matter what they look like.

Cooperation

Although at the beginning of the story the others were afraid of Roz and did not want her there, when it came time to help save her from being taken away, everyone pitched in. This sense of cooperation made everyone closer and more like a family.


Template and Class Instructions

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Due Date:

Objective: Create a storyboard that identifies recurring themes in The Wild Robot. 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 Wild Robot 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 often.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 4-6

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual

Type of Activity: Themes, Symbols & Motifs

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/4/2] Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/5/2] Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize 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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