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Activity Overview


In this activity, students have the opportunity to analyze different events in the text for cause and effect relationships. This is often a challenging task for students, and creating a storyboard is a great way to help them visualize the relationship between events.

There are many ways to approach this activity. One is for students to identify events that have a cause and effect relationship, and then create a storyboard to illustrate those events. With younger students, or students struggling with this concept, the teacher can provide students with a cause, and students can determine the effect, creating a storyboard to match. This can also be done in reverse with the teacher providing the effect, and students determining the cause.

As a further accommodation or activity, the storyboard example can be printed and cut up. Students can then match causes with effects.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 2-3

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual or Partner

Type of Activity: Cause and Effect within Plot

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/3/1] Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
  • [ELA-Literacy/RI/3/8] Describe the logical connection between particular sentences and paragraphs in a text (e.g., comparison, cause/effect, first/second/third in a sequence).


Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard that shows cause and effect relationships in Charlotte's Web. Each cause and effect pair will be shown in the same row.


  1. On the left side of the T-Chart, illustrate events that show cause (why).
  2. On the right side of the T-Chart, illustrate events that are the direct effect of that cause.
  3. Write a description below each cause.
  4. In the description under each effect, show how the cause and effect are related.



Rubric

(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)



Cause and Effect T-Chart
Create a T-Chart storyboard that shows cause and effect relationships in the story. Each cause and effect pair will be shown in the same row.
Proficient Emerging Beginning
Cause
All events on the left side of the T-Chart are correctly identified as causes. These events are why something else happened.
Most events on the left side of the T-Chart are correctly identified as causes or why something else happened.
Few or no events on the left side of the T-Chart are correctly identified as causes or why something else happened.
Effect
All events on the right side of the T-Chart are correctly identified as effects. These events are direct results of something else.
Most events on the right side of the T-Chart are correctly identified as effects or direct results of something else.
Few or no events on the right side of the T-Chart are correctly identified as effects or direct results of something else.
Images
Images clearly show the events in the story that have been identified as causes and effects.
Images show events from the story, but not all images match the cause and effect events.
Images do not represent the story or are missing.
Cause and Effect Relationship
All rows correctly show cause events in the story having a direct effect on the effect events.
Most rows correctly show cause events in the story having a direct effect on the effect events.
Few or no rows correctly show cause events in the story having a direct effect on the effect events.




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