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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
Grade Level 4-6
Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)
Type of Assignment Individual
Type of Activity: Themes, Symbols & MotifsCommon Core Standards
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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.
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.
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.