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Stuart Little By E.B. White

Teacher Guide by Heidi Deck

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Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse. He is a clever, adventurous, thoughtful, and will have students giggling and enjoying every moment of his story. Stuart Little, by E.B. White, is a classic novel that will win over second to fifth graders as they read about his adventures in New York City. The story is full of fun characters, like Snowbell the Cat who bullies Stuart and tries to rid the house of him, and Margalo the bird – Stuart’s dearest friend. When Margalo disappears from home, Stuart sets off to find her, his biggest adventure yet.

By the end of this lesson your students will create amazing storyboards like the ones below!




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A Quick Synopsis of Stuart Little

Stuart Little was born, just two inches high, to a family of humans and looked very much like a mouse! Despite his differences, Mr. and Mrs. Little named him Stuart, and decide to love him like any other child. Stuart’s size quickly becomes quite helpful for things like finding precious rings that fall down the drain and fixing sticky piano keys. His parents and brother, George, take care to be sensitive about the fact that he is a mouse, even banning songs like “three blind mice” from being sung in their household.

Stuart’s life is full of adventure and he has quite a few run-ins with Snowbell, the household cat. One day, while attempting to show Snowbell how fit he is, Stuart gets himself wrapped up in a window shade. Snowbell decides to let the family think Stuart has escaped into a mouse hole by placing his hat and cane at the entrance. The Little family frantically begins searching for Stuart with no luck. When they have all but given up, George opens the shade to let in some light, and sure enough, Stuart rolls out.

As Stuart grows up, he continues to have grand adventures, making his way around on New York City buses, and sailing toy sailboats in the pond in Central Park. After coming down with bronchitis, Stuart meets a new friend – Margalo the bird. Mrs. Little found her on a windowsill, and thinking she was dead, brought her into the house. The two animals soon become the dearest of friends. Stuart and Margalo each manage to save the others’ life as their adventures continue.

Adventure turns into trouble when Snowbell’s friend, the Angora cat, decides to hunt Margalo. After receiving a warning note from a kind pigeon who overheard the cat’s scheming, Margalo decides the safest option is to flee the Little house, but doesn’t speak a word of her plan for fear of her life. Stuart is completely distraught to find his friend missing and decides it is his destiny to go find her.

After a visit to his friend, the dentist, Stuart is off to the country in a toy car just his size. He takes a job as a substitute teacher for a short time and then ventures on to a town called Ames Crossing where he meets a girl just his size named Harriet. They go on a date before Stuart heads further north. As the story comes to an end, Stuart has not yet found Margalo. It is left up to the reader’s imagination, but we know Stuart feels like he’s headed in the right direction as the sun shines down on him.


Essential Questions For Stuart Little

  1. How should we treat people who are different than us?
  2. What does it mean to be a true friend?
  3. Would you rather be ordinary or extraordinary?

Stuart Little Lesson Plans, Student Activities and Graphic Organizers

Stuart Little Plot Diagram


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A common use for Storyboard That is to help students create a plot diagram of the events from a story. Not only is this a great way to teach the parts of the plot, but it reinforces major events and help students develop greater understanding of literary structures.

Students can create a storyboard capturing the narrative arc in a work with a six-cell storyboard containing the major parts of the plot diagram. For each cell, have students create a scene that follows the book in sequence using: Exposition, Conflict, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, and Resolution.



Example Stuart Little Plot Diagram

Exposition

Stuart is a mouse born to a caring human family. Even though he is very different from the rest of his family, he uses his size to his advantage. He helps find his mother’s mother’s ring down a drain.


Conflict

Snowbell, the cat, causes trouble for Stuart. When Stuart gets stuck in a window shade, he places Stuart's hat and cane at a mouse hole. The Littles were very upset to find that Stuart had left. Luckily, George found Stuart before too long.


Rising Action

The Little family adopt a wounded bird named, Margalo. A true friendship is formed between Stuart and Margalo.


Climax

Snowbell's friend Angora threatens the life of Margalo and she flees without telling Stuart. Stuart is very distraught at her departure.


Falling Action

Stuart sets off on a quest in a toy car to find Margalo. He stops in a town called Ames Crossing and meets a girl his own size, Harriet Ames. He invites her on a date, but his plans are ruined and he is inconsolable.


Resolution

He has not yet found his friend Margalo, but he feels confident that he can. Stuart drives north, knowing he is going in the right direction.


Stuart Little Plot Diagram Graphic Organizer
Create your own at Storyboard That EXPOSITION CONFLICT RISING ACTION CLIMAX FALLING ACTION RESOLUTION Stuart is born a mouse to a caring human family. Even though he is very different from the rest of his family, he uses his size to his advantage. Snowbell the cat causes trouble for Stuart. When Stuart gets stuck in a window shade, he places Stuart's hat and cane into the very mouse hole that The Littles were nervous about. The Little family adopt a wounded bird named, Margalo. A true friendship is formed between Stuart and Margalo. Snowbell's friend Angora threatens the life of Margalo and she flees without telling Stuart. Stuart sets off on a quest in a toy car to find Margalo. He stops in a town called Ames Crossing and meets a girl his own size, Harriet Ames. He invites her on a date, but his plans are ruined and he is inconsolable. He has not yet found his friend Margalo, but he feels confident that he can. Stuart drives north, knowing he is going in the right direction. When I jerk three times on the string, pull me up! I know I can get it! !!! That'll teach him to show off. Now they'll think he's gone forever! My name is Margalo, I come from fields once tall with wheat, from pastures deep in fern and thistle.

Example

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Student Instructions

Create a visual plot diagram of Stuart Little.


  1. Separate the story into the Exposition, Conflict, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, and Resolution.
  2. Create an image that represents an important moment or set of events for each of the story components.
  3. Write a description of each of the steps in the plot diagram.



Story Outline Storyboard Template
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Stuart Little Character Map

Making a character map is a helpful activity for any story. In this activity, students can create a reference guide to the characters in the story and record each character’s physical appearance, traits, motivations, and relationships. This is a great activity for students to add on to each time they meet a new character or learn more about existing characters.

Here is an example:

Stuart Little Character Map Graphic Organizer
Create your own at Storyboard That Stuart Little Snowbell Margalo Mrs. Little Mr. Little George Little Physical Appearance Traits Motivation Relationships Physical Appearance Traits Motivation Relationships Physical Appearance Traits Motivation Relationships Physical Appearance Physical Appearance Physical Appearance Traits Motivation Relationships Traits Traits Motivation Motivation Relationships Relationships