A theme is a central idea, subject, or message in a story. Many stories have more than one important theme, and this is the case in Once. For this activity, students will identify one theme in the story and illustrate examples from the text. Teachers may choose to assign themes for students to look out for as they read, or have students choose their own after completing the story.
Felix and Zelda form an unlikely bond. Felix saves her life and they become inseparable. Felix will do anything for Zelda. One example is when he goes out to find medicine for her when she is sick.
Perhaps at the beginning, Felix is resilient because he truly doesn’t understand what’s going on. However, as the story unfolds, Felix remains positive and calm. He will do whatever it takes to escape, including jumping off of a train car.
Felix’s imagination and stories keep him positive during the very difficult time.
Even when it becomes clear that his parents have probably been killed, Felix continues to hold out hope that he will find them.
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Objective: Create a storyboard that identifies a recurring theme in Once. Illustrate 3 examples of the theme and write a short description below each cell.
Grade Level 6-8
Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)
Type of Assignment Individual
Type of Activity: Themes, Symbols & MotifsCommon Core Standards