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Activity Overview


The Fantastic Mr. Fox book is perfect for practicing summarization, since it is short, but also contains many important plot elements. Students transitioning from summarizing short stories to summarizing lengthier chapter books will benefit from having to synthesize the short chapters of this book into an entire book summary. The storyboard format will help students practice being concise and thinking critically about the importance of events.



Consider having students plan their storyboard using a blank template, prior to creating the full storyboard online. Students should begin with the narrative in each box before adding character dialogue. This will allow them to focus on the purpose of summarizing and determine important events before getting distracted by the details of the storyboard. Students can also be given a set number of frames to use for the storyboard, to promote conciseness. After planning with a template, students can compare the important events they chose with a partner, and the class could discuss why different events in the story were included in the storyboard rather than others.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 2-3

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual or Partner

Type of Activity: Parts of a Story

Common Core Standards
  • [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.
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/3/5] Refer to parts of stories, dramas, and poems when writing or speaking about a text, using terms such as chapter, scene, and stanza; describe how each successive part builds on earlier sections.


Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a visual summary of Fantastic Mr. Fox.


  1. Pick two important events from the beginning, middle, and end of the story.
  2. Create an image for each event.
  3. Write a description of each event.



Rubric

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