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 When You Trap a Tiger. 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.
Lily, her mother, and her sister move to Washington to take care of Halmoni. Family is a very big part of Lily’s life. Lily will do anything to save her halmoni’s life.
The theme of Korean culture is prevalent throughout the book. One example of this is when Halmoni does a “kosa”, which is the laying out of plates and foods for their ancestors, so that they may eat before the living.
The entire novel is based around the stories of Halmoni’s past and the stories that she stole from the tigers. Lily learns that stories can bring up very strong emotions.
At the beginning of the story, Lily is quiet and often feels invisible. Her sister calls her a stereotypical “QAG”, or Quiet Asian Girl. Lily wants to be more outgoing and brave, and does not want to be invisible anymore.
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Objective: Create a storyboard that identifies recurring themes in When You Trap a Tiger. 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