A common use for Storyboard That is to help students create a plot diagram of the events from a book. Not only is this a great way to teach the parts of the plot, but it reinforces major events and help students develop greater understanding of literary structures.
Number the Stars begins with Annemarie and Ellen, her Jewish friend, having a run-in with some Nazi soldiers. They are very scared of the soldiers.
The Nazis want to round up the Danish Jewish population, despite an agreement that they wouldn't be aggressive.
Annemarie’s family decide to help sneak Ellen, her family, and other Jewish Danes who Annemarie doesn’t know, to the safety of Sweden by smuggling them on Uncle Henrik’s fishing boat.
Annemarie is tasked with taking a very important basket filled with lunch goodies to Uncle Henrik. She doesn’t realize it, but the handkerchief that is packed under the lunch is covered with a special drug that the resistance scientists have formulated. It attracts the Nazis guard dogs, but when the dogs sniff the substance, it makes them lose their sense of smell, rendering them useless at finding stowaway Jews. Annemarie gets stopped by some Nazi soldiers and almost has her whole basket taken. Without that handkerchief, the Rosens and all the other stowaways on Henrik’s boat would have been discovered.
The Rosens and the other Jews are packed into the boat and the dogs don’t detect them because they’ve smelled the handkerchief.
All of the Jews that Uncle Henrik sailed to Sweden are safe and sound in the neutral country. Annemarie can safely sit back and fondly think about her friend, Ellen.
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Create a visual plot diagram of Number the Stars.
Grade Level 6-8
Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)
Type of Assignment Individual, Partner, or Group
Type of Activity: Plot Diagrams and Narrative ArcsCommon Core Standards
(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)
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Cells include images that convey events in the corresponding stage of the plot. The images represent an important moment and exemplify the descriptions below them.
Cells include one or two images that convey events from an incorrect stage of the plot. Most images represent an important moment and exemplify the descriptions below them.
Cells include three or more images that convey events from an incorrect stage of the plot. Images depict minor and inimportant moments or do not reflect the descriptions below them.
The storyboard correctly identifies all six stages of the plot. The text for each of the six cells correctly breaks down the plot events into appropriate stages. The text gives a logical overview of the plot and includes the most significant events of the book.
The storyboard misidentifies one or two stages of the plot. The text for each of the six cells breaks down most of the plot events into appropriate stages. The text gives a logical overview of the plot, but may omit some significant events of the book.
The storyboard misidentifies three or more stages of the plot. The text for each of the six cells does not correspond to the events of that stage. Overall plot description is not logical.
Spelling and Grammar
Spelling and grammar is exemplary. Text contains few or no mistakes.
Text contains some significant errors in spelling or grammar.
Text contains many errors in spelling or grammar.