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Activity Overview

Themes, symbols, and motifs come alive when you use a storyboard! In this activity, students will identify a theme of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon and support it with evidence from the text. Students will illustrate their selections.

One theme of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon is generosity.


  • Minli leaves her family to change their fortune.

  • Minli sees an old man begging for a peach. She uses the only money she has to buy it for him.

  • Da­-A-­Fu and their family save Dragon and help Minli make it to the Old Man of the Mountain.

Some other themes that are prevalent in Where the Mountain Meets the Moon include fortune or fate, curiosity, and trust.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 4-5

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual or Partner

Type of Activity: Themes, Symbols & Motifs

Common Core Standards
  • [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.

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard illustrating themes in Where the Mountain Meets the Moon.

  1. Use the template provided by your teacher.
  2. Identify important themes from the novel.
  3. Describe three examples of the theme.
  4. Illustrate each example with appropriate characters, scenes, and items.
  5. Save and submit your storyboard.


(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)

Create a storyboard that identifies themes in the story. Illustrate examples of each theme and write a short description below each cell.
Proficient Emerging Beginning
Identify Theme(s)
All themes are correctly identified and described.
Some themes are correctly identified.
No themes are correctly identified.
Examples of Theme(s)
All examples support the identified theme(s).
Most examples fit the identified theme(s).
Most examples do not fit the theme(s).
Illustrate Theme
Images clearly show connection with the theme(s).
Some images help to show the theme.
Images do not help in understanding the theme.

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