Activity Overview

Learning to summarize a story is a skill students will use throughout their life. Starting with the Beginning, Middle, and End, students will learn to identify important scenes in stories in a way that creates an easy to understand summary. In this activity, students will create a 3 cell storyboard that summarizes the beginning, middle, and end of Anansi the Spider: A Tale From the Ashanti.

Anansi the Spider Summary Example

Beginning: Anansi gets lost and falls into the river. He gets swallowed by a fish! His son, Trouble Seer, sees that he is in trouble and the six sons set out to help their father.

Middle: Working together using their unique abilities, Anansi’s six sons save their father from danger. All of them returned home safely that evening.

End: Anansi sees a great globe of light in the forest, and wants to give it to the son who rescued him. Since all of his sons worked together to rescue him, Anansi asks Nyame, The God of All Things, what he should do. Nyame put the glowing ball in the sky, and that is how the moon came to be.

Template and Class Instructions

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Objective: Create a visual summary of Anansi the Spider.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Separate the story into the Beginning, Middle, and End.
  3. Create an image that represents an important moment or set of events for each of the story components using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  4. Write a short description of each part of the story.
  5. Save often.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 2-3

Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)

Type of Assignment Individual

Type of Activity: Parts of a Story

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/2/2] Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/3/2] Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.


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