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Activity Overview


Having students choose a favorite quote or scene 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 quotes mean to them. In this activity, students will select a quote or scene from the novel and illustrate its importance.

Some students may end up choosing the same quote, 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 from Ghost

“He tells me I can set a record one day. A real record. Be one of the world’s great somethings. Maybe.” - Ghost about Mr. Charles, Ch. 1


“And I think he’s got potential. With proper coaching, he could be a serious problem.” - Coach Brody about Ghost, Ch. 2


“Trouble is, you can’t run away from yourself.” Coach snatched the towel from his shoulder, folded it into a perfect square, and set it in the space between us. “Unfortunately,” he said, “ain’t nobody that fast.” - Coach Brody to Ghost, Ch. 3


“And the same thing running did for me, I felt like it could do for you . . . Show you that you can’t run away from who you are, but what you can do is run toward who you want to be.” - Coach to Ghost, Ch. 9



Template and Class Instructions

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Due Date:

Objective: Create a storyboard that identifies your favorite quote or scene in Ghost. Illustrate your quote and write what it means to you.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Choose a favorite quote or scene from Ghost.
  3. Create an image that represents this quote using appropriate scenes, characters and items.
  4. In the description box, write the quote and at least one sentence about what this quote means to you.
  5. Save and exit when you're done.

Requirements: Quote, Illustration, 1-2 sentences about what it means to you.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-8

Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)

Type of Assignment Individual

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RH/9-10/3] Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/CCRA/R/1] Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/CCRA/R/7] Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/CCRA/R/9] Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.

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