Activity Overview

In this activity, students will determine the central message or moral of the story, and then use details from the text to support their thinking.

Central Message: Be happy with who you are.

This story illustrates that everyone is special in their own way, and people should accept who they are!

Evidence to support:

  • Andrew wants freckles more than anything.
  • Nicky Lane wants to get rid of his.
  • Miss Kelly tells Andrew he is handsome without the freckles. Andrew is through with freckles at the end of the story.

Other possible messages that students can create storyboards to support:

  • Be careful what you wish for
  • Everyone is unique in their own way
  • The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence
  • Respect people, and their differences

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard that shows a central message or moral from Freckle Juice.

  1. Type the message into the central black box.
  2. Think about examples from the text that support your answer.
  3. Illustrate each example using scenes, characters, items, etc.
  4. Type text evidence in the description boxes. Paraphrase or quote directly from the text.

Lesson Plan Reference

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.


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Text Evidence
Answer the given question using at least three examples from the text.
Proficient Emerging Beginning
Support from Text
Examples chosen fully support the answer to the question.
Some of the examples answer the question correctly, but not all.
Most of the examples do not support the answer to the question.
Quote / Text
Evidence provided from the text is properly quoted or paraphrased.
There are some minor mistakes in the quote / description from text.
Quote or paraphrase is incomplete or confusing.
Illustration of Examples
Ideas are well organized. Images clearly illustrate the examples from the text.
Ideas are organized. Most images help to show the examples from the text.
Ideas are not well organized. Images are difficult to understand.

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