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Activity Overview

Having students choose a favorite quote or dialogue from the book allows them to express which parts of the story resonated with them on a personal level. In this way, students are making a text-to-self connection that demonstrates their understanding of the characters and their development or the themes of the novel. Students can share their storyboards afterwards and have a short discussion about what the quote or dialogue means to them and why they chose it.

Some students may end up choosing the same quote or dialogue, but have different perspectives. This is always interesting for students to see and can open up a discussion as to how not everyone can read the same lines in the same way based on their own perspectives and personal experiences.

Examples of Quotes or Dialogues from Beyond the Bright Sea

Page 28: “Some people let fear set its hook in them, so it’s hard to pull out.”

Page 31: “And I wanted answers to the questions that rose and ebbed and rose again, a tide of curiosity that was as much a part of my life as the sea.”

Page 48: “You start looking back now and you might not see where you’re going.”

Page 84: “If I wasn’t good enough for them before, I don’t think I want to be one of them now.”

Page 126: “I read it again and again. Then I took its mysteries to bed with me. And I found them waiting in the morning, right where I’d left them.”

Page 140: “Nobody strands himself on an island unless he’s finished with the mainland.”

Page 209: “I’ve seen it happen. People don’t want much until they have plenty, and then they want more and more.”

Template and Class Instructions

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Objective: Create a storyboard that identifies your favorite quote or dialogue in Beyond the Bright Sea. Illustrate your quote and write what it means to you.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Choose a favorite quote or dialogue from Beyond the Bright Sea.
  3. Create an image that represents this quote or dialogue using appropriate scenes, characters and items.
  4. In the description box, write the quote or dialogue and at least two sentences about what it means to you.

Lesson Plan Reference

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/4/3] Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character's thoughts, words, or actions).
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/5/2] Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/5/3] Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).


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