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Activity Overview

In grades 1-3, retelling is a skill that needs to be practiced and refined with a variety of genres, and with books of different lengths. As students begin to explore chapter books, retelling becomes more challenging. Students need to determine the importance of events in the plot to synthesize longer story lines. Creating a story board for retelling Freckle Juice will challenge students to decide what is essential. Similar to a "five finger retell", students need to think critically about the events in order. The storyboard option will also give students the opportunity to explore characters in more depth, using speech bubbles.

Consider having students plan their storyboard with a blank template prior to creating the full storyboard online. Students should begin with the retold narrative in each box before adding character dialogue. This will allow them to focus on the purpose of retelling without getting distracted by the details of the storyboard.

After students create their retelling storyboards, they can print and cut them out, then have a partner try to put the events in order!

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 2-3

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual or Partner

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.
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/2/5] Describe the overall structure of a story, including describing how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action.

Template and Class Instructions

(These instructions are completely customizable. After clicking "Use This Assignment With My Students", update the instructions on the Edit Tab of the assignment.)

Student Instructions

Create a storyboard retelling Freckle Juice with six scenes: two from the beginning, two from the middle, and two from the end.

  1. Use the template provided by your teacher.
  2. Identify important scenes in the beginning, middle, and end of the story.
  3. Describe each scene in the description box.
  4. Illustrate each scene with appropriate characters, scenes, and items.
  5. Save and submit your storyboard.


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

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