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Activity Overview

Having students choose a favorite quote or dialogue from the book allows them to express which parts of the story resonated with them on a personal level. In this way, students are making a text-to-self connection that demonstrates their understanding of the characters and their development or the themes of the novel. Students can share their storyboards afterwards and have a short discussion about what the quote or dialogue means to them and why they chose it.

Some students may end up choosing the same quote or dialogue, but have different perspectives. This is always interesting for students to see and can open up a discussion as to how not everyone can read the same lines in the same way based on their own perspectives and personal experiences.

Examples of Quotes or Dialogues from Full Cicada Moon

”Maybe she was expecting a new girl from California but not expecting me.”

”I don’t want to forget, and I don’t want someone else to tell a different story about me.”

”And because angry words are like minutes on the clock - once you use them, you can’t get them back.”

”It’s funny how other people get to decide when I’m invisible, but I can’t make them disappear.”

”Papa opens his desk drawer and takes out a button, March for Freedom and Jobs, and tapes it onto the new frame. He says, ‘Even now, that day reminds me that raindrops are stronger than hammers.’”

”’I’ve decided there are jerks everywhere. And you just have to meet fewer jerks.’ Then I say, ‘And try not to be one.’”

Template and Class Instructions

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Due Date:

Objective: Create a storyboard that identifies your favorite quote or dialogue in Full Cicada Moon. Illustrate your quote and write what it means to you.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Choose a favorite quote or dialogue from Full Cicada Moon.
  3. Create an image that represents this quote or dialogue using appropriate scenes, characters and items.
  4. In the description box, write the quote or dialogue and at least one sentence about what it means to you.

Lesson Plan Reference

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/6/3] Describe how a particular story’s or drama’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/8/3] Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision


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