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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 New Kid

”This is how I feel every single day of my life, like I’m falling without a parachute. I mean, I’m not really falling. That’s called a metaphor.”

”Fitting in on the ride to school is hard work! I have to be like a chameleon.”

”I really love how Batman stands up for the little guys. Because usually, that little guy is me!”

”Never comfort someone with a lie.”

”You don’t have to like everyone, but you don’t have to be a jerk about it, either.”

”Nah, I could never forget you. You’re my shrimp lo mein! Trust me, that’s a good thing.”

”She thinks she’s all wonderful and accepting, but she’s not.And she acts like she knows me, but she doesn’t. It’s really frustrating.”

”You don’t always have to choose, kiddo. Sometimes just let yourself be happy. Just know that whatever you do, I’ll always be proud of you.”

Template and Class Instructions

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

Student Instructions:

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Choose a favorite quote or dialogue from New Kid.
  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/4/3] Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character's thoughts, words, or actions).
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/5/3] Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).


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