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Activity Overview


“Amigo Brothers” ends without revealing the winner of the final boxing match. One way for students to demonstrate an understanding of story elements is to create a three-frame extended ending to the story. The ending should be consistent with the story’s message, the plot events, and characters’ established personalities. Students can also use text bubbles to practice writing dialogue. For each frame, have students depict the scene and narrate it in the box below, using proper grammar and transitions.

Students who are unfamiliar with the way boxing matches are scored may find some helpful information about scoring here.


Example “Amigo Brothers” Story Prediction

After the fight, both boys left without waiting for the final result. They congratulated each other and went home to clean up and get some rest. The next morning, the boys read about the fight in the local paper. Felix won the match, 30-29. Felix would be moving on to the Golden Gloves Championship Tournament. When Felix and Antonio met that afternoon, there were no hard feelings between them. For them, it was just another day at the gym.


Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard that extends the story of "Amigo Brothers" based on inferences and predictions.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Use 3 cells to narrate what you think happened after the ending of "Amigo Brothers."
  3. Illustrate the story with speech bubbles, characters, and scenes.
  4. Click "Save & Exit" when done.

Lesson Plan Reference

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Rubric

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Make a Prediction
Create a storyboard that shows a prediction of what might happen later in the story. Be sure to carefully consider context and character traits.
Advanced Proficient Emerging
Prediction
Student made a very reasonable prediction based on known context and inferencing.
Student made a prediction, but it lacks strong connection to known context.
Student made a prediction based on nothing in particular.
Creativity
The student demonstrated high levels of creativity. The student clearly made references​ back to the text using humor, wit, or other artistic means.
The student used some creativity throughout their storyboard. The student included subtle originality that showed understanding.
The student did not use much creativity.
English Conventions
There are no errors in spelling, grammar, or mechanics throughout the storyboard. All writing portions reflect careful proofreading.
There are a few errors in spelling, grammar, and mechanics throughout the storyboard. All writing portions show some proofreading.
There are several errors in spelling, grammar, and mechanics throughout the storyboard. Most writing portions do not reflect proofreading.


How To Teach Elementary Students to Predict

1

Talk About What You Know in the Story

Lead students on a discussion that delves into what is known in the story. Include story elements like plot and conflict, and what has already taken place in the story.

2

Discuss the Ways Characters Have Previously Reacted

Pay careful attention to the way characters have previously reacted when faced with certain experiences in the story. Past character behavior is a good indicator of future behavior.

3

Predict What Will Happen in the Future

Assist students in taking what they know about the characters and predicting how they think the characters will react in the story based on what has transpired and who they are.

Frequently Asked Questions about Story Prediction: Amigo Brothers

Why is predicting a higher level skill?

In order to predict, students need to take information from the story and synthesize it so they can decide what might happen next. Nothing is stated outright, but rather is implied. In order to predict, students need to dive into the implications and make an educated guess about what might happen next.

How can a storyboard aid in predicting?

The act of illustrating can help students learn, and if they have to describe the illustration then they are getting all of the tools together that they need to make an accurate prediction. A hands-on activity like a storyboard aids in student thinking and higher level skills like predicting.




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