Connecting to the Theme of The Wedding Dance

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Wedding Dance Theme

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Valuable aspects of any literary work are its themes, symbols, and motifs. Part of the Common Core ELA standards is to introduce and explain these complex concepts. However, abstract ideas are often difficult for students to anatomize without assistance. Using a storyboard, students can visually demonstrate their understanding of these concepts, and master analysis of literary elements. For best practices, see our article with specific lesson plan steps on setting up your classroom and activities to teach themes, symbols, and motifs.

In the classroom, students can track the theme this story uses to communicate important messages to the reader.


Theme for Discussion: Letting Love Go

If you truly love a person, you must let them be happy

Have you ever heard the saying “if you love someone, let them go”? The story of Lumnay and Awiyao wrestles with this difficult issue. Despite how upsetting it is to Lumnay, she must let Awiyao go, not only because of their culture, but also because it is clear that he will not be happy without a child.


For this assignment, you can have students come up with times that they had to let go of something they love.



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Think about one of the themes from "The Wedding Dance". Create a storyboard that connects your life with this theme.


  1. Identify a theme from the story.
  2. Think of three times in your life that could be applied to this theme.
  3. Depict each event using any combination of scenes, characters, items, and textables.
  4. Write a short explanation under each cell.

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