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Themes

Pixton Lesson Plan on Themes

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When students complete the activities in this lesson plan, they will use the following comic layout types.

  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map
  • Poster

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This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings the elements of a story to life with comics and storyboards.
This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings the elements of a story to life with comics and storyboards.
Pixton Lesson Plan on Themes

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Teacher Guide

Themes

Step 1Class discussion with students

Getting Started

Theme is the central idea or point that can be summarized by one or two specific words. A story will often have many Themes, usually revolving around a conflict between the protagonist and an opposing force.

Some common themes include:

  • Coming of age
  • Loneliness
  • Nostalgia
  • Ambition
  • Loyalty
  • Love

Theme acts as the foundation that links all aspects of the literary work together. Theme is developed and shaped over the course of the text through the development of the characters, setting, and plot.

Opening Discussion

Discuss the concept of Themes with your class by first writing the definition on the board. Read the poem below to help start a class discussion regarding the central theme of a text. Create a Mind Map to assist in recording your students' ideas.

Themes:

  • Choice
  • Wisdom
  • Reflection


'The Road Not Taken' by Robert Frost


Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveler, long I stood

And looked down one as far as I could (4)

To where it bent in the undergrowth;


Then took the other, as just as fair,

And having perhaps the better claim,

Because it was grassy and wanted wear;

Though as for that the passing there

Had worn them really about the same, (10)


And both that morning equally lay

In leaves no step had trodden black.

Oh, I kept the first for another day!

Yet knowing how way leads on to way,

doubted if I should ever come back.


I shall be telling this with a sigh (16)

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood,

and I— I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.

Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    Theme of a Text

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  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    Determining Theme

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  • Extension / Modification
    Poster (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Poster that illustrates the major themes of a popular movie.

Step 3Concluding discussion with students

Can a lack of vocabulary affect a person’s ability to understand the Themes of text?

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Pixton Activity: Themes 1 Theme of a Text

Featured Layouts

  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

Instructions

Create a Storyboard or Mind Map that identifies an example from the poem "The Road Not Taken" that supports the themes of:

  • Choice
  • Wisdom
  • Reflection


Each panel should include:

  • The name of the theme and the line number of the example in the title
  • An illustration that summarizes the example
  • A brief description of how the example fits the theme

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Theme of a Text

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The theme is highly developed; examples have significant purpose and are highly detailed. The theme is well developed; examples are specific and provide ample support. The theme is briefly discussed; examples are accurate but not fully explained. The theme is poorly discussed; vague or irrelevant examples. The theme is not identified; lacks any supporting examples.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• develops ideas clearly and logically with details, examples, and descriptions
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• logical descriptions or examples clarify and develop the ideas
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• examples or descriptions are simple and consistent
• few relevant ideas
• examples or descriptions may be poorly developed or illogical
• ideas are not developed
• few details or descriptions
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • language is clear, varied
• flows smoothly; variety in sentences
• images and characters are fully developed; high attention to detail
• language is clear with some variety
• includes a variety of sentence lengths and patterns
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is clear with little variety
• basic sentence structures with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• basic language; vague at times
• repeats a few basic sentence structures
• images and characters have minimal development
• vague, incorrect and repetitive language
• poorly constructed sentences; little variety
• images and characters are poorly developed
Form Organization and sequence • proper organization
• examples are properly referenced
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• examples are properly referenced
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• examples are properly referenced
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• examples are not/improperly referenced
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• examples are not referenced
• panels are missing
Conventions The text demonstrates standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses eloquent words, rich sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses precise words, controlled sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates standard English conventions
• uses words and phrases, telling details and sensory language to convey a vivid picture
• demonstrates some accuracy in standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • contains multiple inaccuracies in Standard English conventions of usage and mechanics
Total
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Pixton Activity: Themes 2 Determining Theme

Featured Layouts

  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

Instructions

Create a Mind Map that summarizes the theme of a poem, play, novel, or short story discussed in class.

Each panel should include:

  • Page number, act / scene, or text line of your example in the title
  • An appropriate illustration
  • A detailed description that summarizes the scene
  • An extra panel with a reader reflection that explains the purpose of the theme

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Determining Theme

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The theme is highly developed; examples have significant purpose and are highly detailed. The theme is well developed; examples are specific and provide ample support. The theme is briefly discussed; examples are accurate but not fully explained. The theme is poorly discussed; vague or irrelevant examples. The theme is not identified; lacks any supporting examples.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• develops ideas clearly and logically with details, examples, and descriptions
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• logical descriptions or examples clarify and develop the ideas
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• examples or descriptions are simple and consistent
• few relevant ideas
• examples or descriptions may be poorly developed or illogical
• ideas are not developed
• few details or descriptions
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • language is clear, varied
• flows smoothly; variety in sentences
• images and characters are fully developed; high attention to detail
• language is clear with some variety
• includes a variety of sentence lengths and patterns
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is clear with little variety
• basic sentence structures with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• basic language; vague at times
• repeats a few basic sentence structures
• images and characters have minimal development
• vague, incorrect and repetitive language
• poorly constructed sentences; little variety
• images and characters are poorly developed
Form Organization and sequence • proper organization
• examples are properly referenced
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• examples are properly referenced
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• examples are properly referenced
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• examples are not/improperly referenced
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• examples are not referenced
• panels are missing
Conventions The text demonstrates standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses eloquent words, rich sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses precise words, controlled sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates standard English conventions
• uses words and phrases, telling details and sensory language to convey a vivid picture
• demonstrates some accuracy in standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • contains multiple inaccuracies in Standard English conventions of usage and mechanics
Total

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