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 Tuck Everlasting. Teachers may want the students to identify and illustrate two themes, one for each cell, or identify one theme and show two examples of it, one example per cell.
Winnie is tired of being controlled by her grandmother and mother. She is not allowed to leave her yard and explore the world around her. When she meets the Tuck family, she grows up fast.
Winnie is extremely loyal to the Tuck family. One example of this is when she insists that she wasn’t kidnapped by them. Another example is when she takes a big risk by offering to pretend to be Mae in jail so the family can have more time to run away.
The main theme of the novel is immortality. The Tucks will never age, they will never die. Time truly doesn’t mean anything to them. When Winnie was given the choice to live forever or not, she chose not to. Would you have made that same choice?
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Objective: Create a storyboard that identifies recurring themes in Tuck Everlasting. 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.