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 create a storyboard that identifies and illustrates the themes in Lily’s Crossing.
Throughout the book, Lily finds herself telling lies and getting lost in the lies that she has told. This constantly worries her, and she wonders why she lies. Lily learns that her big lies can get her in trouble, and even be dangerous to herself and others.
Lily has two close friends in the novel, Margaret and Albert. When Lily first meets Albert, she thinks he’s strange and does not want to get to know him. She learns that he is a true friend and their friendship evolves and grows throughout the story.
Lily and Albert both have lost family members, but continue to have a strong family value. The love and bond of family is consistent throughout the novel.
Lily and Albert have both experienced grief, and this makes them closer. The theme of grief is present a great deal in many ways: losing family, missing people, the toll of war, and fear of losing loved ones.
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Objective: Create a storyboard that identifies recurring themes in Lily's Crossing. 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