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 the themes in From the Desk of Zoe Washington. Teachers may want the students to identify and illustrate 3 themes, or identify one theme and show three examples of it.
Zoe has never met her father and he is in prison, yet she gives him the benefit of the doubt and chooses to love and support him.
Zoe’s friendship with Trevor is tested, but they are open with and forgiving of one another.
Zoe knew that lying to her parents and writing letters to Marcus could get her in trouble, but she had the courage to do what she thought was right.
Marcus was put in jail for a crime he didn’t commit; his lawyer didn’t even bother trying to find his alibi and assumed he was guilty because he was a young, African American man.
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Objective: Create a storyboard that identifies recurring themes in From the Desk of Zoe Washington. 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