The Sign Painter - Theme

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The Sign Painter Lesson Plans

The Sign Painter by Allen Say

Lesson Plans by Ashley Trudeau

The Sign Painter is a haunting story about choices in one's life and chasing your dreams. Engage students with activities and ignite discussion with Storyboard That!




Sign Painter, The

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The Sign Painter - Theme activities

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  • FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS
  • EXAMPLE 1
  • I keep wondering, who'll know the difference if I put mountains in the background, even just a cloud?
  • ArrowStar
  • Son, when someone pays you to paint a woman, will you give him a landscape?
  • EXAMPLE 2
  • ...imagine it, all lit up at night...Had the name for years...But we'll advertise...we can only hope.
  • The boy in the story wants to be a painter. He wants to paint more details on the ArrowStar billboards, but the man never lets him, and he doesn't understand why. At the end, the boy chooses not to continue work with the man, and he heads off in search of his dreams.
  • The man in the white suit had a dream to build ArrowStar. He is in the midst of achieving his dream and the boy and the man hope he succeeds.
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