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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.

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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

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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


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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

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Student Instructions

Create a character map for the major characters.


  1. Identify the major characters in Stuart Little and type their names into the different title boxes.
  2. Choose a Storyboard That character to represent each of the book characters.
    • Select colors and a pose appropriate to story and character traits.
  3. Choose a scene or background that makes sense for the character.
  4. Fill in the Textables for Physical Appearance, Traits, Motivations, and relationships.
  5. Save and submit the assignment.


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Stuart Little Chapter Summary Storyboard

Stuart Little is a great book to practice summarization on both the chapter level and the story level. As the chapters are styled as vignettes, students who are working on beginning summarization may benefit from focusing on one chapter to practice summarizing. This could also be a helpful tool for comprehension of the entire story if each chapter is summarized. It is helpful to limit the number of cells students can use, to help them be more concise.

Consider having students plan their storyboard using a blank template prior to creating the full storyboard online. Students should begin with the narrative in each box before adding character dialogue. This will allow them to focus on the purpose of summarizing and determining importance, before getting distracted by the details of the storyboard. Students can also be given a set number of frames to use for the storyboard to help them be concise. After planning on a template, students can compare the important events they chose with a partner's, and the class could discuss why different events in the story were included in the storyboard over others.

Here is an example of chapter level summary storyboard:

Chapter 9: A Narrow Escape

  • Beginning: Stuart accidentally gets picked up by a garbage truck while trying to hide from a dog on his way to find adventure.
  • Middle: Stuart thinks his life is over when the truck arrives at the river and begins dumping its trash to be towed out to sea.
  • End: Margalo comes to the rescue and flies Stuart home!
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Stuart Little Book Summary


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Writing a summary of Stuart Little is effective for retelling the whole story. As the story has many vignettes within it, this will be a good challenge for students already developing summarization skills. They will need to practice determining importance and main idea in order to create a successful summary storyboard. The storyboard format will help students practice being concise when many elements are in play.



Example Stuart Little BME Summary

Beginning

  • Stuart is born a mouse to a caring human family, and uses his size to his advantage.
  • Snowbell the cat causes trouble for Stuart.

Middle

  • Stuart has adventures around the city.
  • Stuart meets Margalo, and a true friendship is formed.

End

  • Margalo’s life is in danger, and she flees for safety.
  • Stuart sets off on a quest to find Margalo and encounters many adventures along the way.


Stuart Little Book Summary

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Student Instructions

Make a storyboard summary of Stuart Little.


  1. Click the "Use This Template" button to open the storyboard.
  2. Make pictures that show two main events from the beginning of the story.
  3. Make pictures that show two main events from the middle of the story.
  4. Make pictures that show two main events from the end of the story.
  5. Write a sentence under each picture.


BME - 2 Events

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Stuart Little Character Traits Graphic Organizer

This activity allows for a more in-depth look at one or more characters, with a focus on character traits. Students should provide textual evidence to support the character trait they choose. Students can support their ideas with dialogue, thoughts, or actions of the character they are portraying. Here is an example of a character trait storyboard in the grid format. This example features Snowbell, Margalo, and Stuart, but students can analyze the character traits for any or all of the characters in Stuart Little.

Possible character traits for characters in Stuart Little:

  • Stuart: Determined, kind, loyal, thoughtful, confident
  • Margalo: Loyal, caring
  • Snowbell: Selfish, sneaky, dishonest
  • Mr. and Mrs. Little: Thoughtful, generous, kind
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Stuart Little Vocabulary Lesson Plan


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A storyboard is a great way for students to develop vocabulary. Students can be assigned specific words per chapter to define using a storyboard. They can use the scene to practice using context clues, and then use dictionary skills to find the actual definition. Students could also create the scene and see if a partner can determine the meaning of the word using context clues. An additional extension would be for students to try using the word in a different context.

Example Stuart Little Vocabulary Spider Map

  • belittling
  • bellow
  • buoy
  • capsize
  • consternation
  • diminutive
  • engrave
  • fierce
  • flotsam
  • helm
  • hoist
  • linger
  • louse
  • ominous
  • perspiration
  • scow
  • shinnying
  • vigorous
  • worsted

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Student Instructions

Demonstrate your understanding of the vocabulary words in Stuart Little by creating visualizations.


  1. Choose three vocabulary words from the story and type them in the title boxes.
  2. Find the definition in a print or online dictionary.
  3. Write a sentence that uses the vocabulary word.
  4. Illustrate the meaning of the word in the cell using a combination of scenes, characters, and items.
    • Alternatively, use Photos for Class to show the meaning of the words with the search bar.
  5. Save and submit your storyboard.



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Key Themes in Stuart Little

In this activity, students will select a theme for Stuart Little and support the theme with evidence from the text. One of the themes that is clearly depicted in Stuart Little is acceptance. Stuart is born a mouse into a human family; his family not only accepts him, but embraces him and treats him as one of their own. Students can use a grid format to depict the text evidence that supports a theme of their choice.


Possible themes for Stuart Little:

  • Acceptance
  • Friendship
  • Adventure
Stuart Little Themes & Motifs

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