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Activity Overview

In this activity, students decide on what they think the important parts in the text are, and categorize them into the beginning, middle, and end of the story. Having students decide on the beginning, middle, and end will help them break up the text, and make it easier to choose one or two main events to create. Students can plan their ideas with a partner or individually, and decide what main parts they would like to add to their storyboard.

Each chapter in the story is devoted to an adventure that Cowgirl Kate and her hungry horse, Cocoa, embark on. Students can choose a chapter to summarize and make a storyboard depicting the beginning, middle, and end.

The example below is for the chapter titled, "Counting Cows".


Cowgirl Kate is trying to count the cows, but Cocoa keeps distracting her. She decides to count them herself, but is too small to see the cows on the ground, and she's also too short to see on a fence.


She decides to climb up a tall tree to count, but Cocoa cries to for her to come down. He is worried she may fall, and he says he will help her count the cows if she comes down.


Kate climbs onto Cocoa and they count the cows. Cocoa even remembers what number cow Kate was on when she stopped counting.

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Make a storyboard summary of a chapter in Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa.

  1. Make a picture that shows the beginning of the chapter.
  2. Make a picture that shows the middle of the chapter.
  3. Make a picture that shows the end of the chapter.
  4. Write a sentence under each picture.

Lesson Plan Reference

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

Sequence of Events Rubric
Create a storyboard that shows a sequence of events. Below each cell, type in a description about the importance of that part of the story.
Proficient Emerging Beginning
Each of the cells represents a different part of the story. The cells are in order from beginning to end.
One cell is out of order, or the storyboard is missing important information.
Important information is missing and/or two or more cells are out of order.
Cells include images that accurately show events in the story and do not get in the way of understanding.
Most images show the events of the story, but some are incorrect.
The images are unclear or do not make sense with the story.
Descriptions match the images and show the change over time.
Descriptions do not always match the images or mention the importance of the event.
Descriptions are missing or do not match the images.
Spelling and Grammar
Spelling and grammar is mostly accurate. Mistakes do not get in the way of understanding.
Spelling is very inaccurate and hinders full understanding.
Text is very difficult to understand.

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