Activity Overview

A SWBST graphic organizer is helpful for students to use as a way to identify and keep track of important parts of a book. Standing for "Somebody Wanted, But, So Then", the graphic organizer allows students to visually work their way through the consequences of a character's actions and decisions.

  • In this particular exercise, students choose a character and introduce them in the first Somebody cell.

  • In the second cell, the Wanted, the student depicts a goal of their character.
    Annemarie just wants her friends to be safe from the Nazis

  • The center But cell shows a conflict, something that might keep the desired thing from happening.
    The Nazis check to see who is Jewish and who is not.

  • In the fourth So cell, students will show what the character did to help solve the problem.
    Annemarie’s family worked together to sneak the Rosens out of the country and out of danger.

  • In the final cell Then, student should show the final outcome.
    The Rosen family safe in Sweden.

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a SWBST storyboard to analyze the consequences of a character's actions in Number the Stars. Remember, SWBST stands for "Somebody Wanted, But, So, Then".

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. In each description, follow the prompted questions, introducing a character, describing their goal, and the consequences of pursuing that goal.
  3. Create an illustration using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  4. Click "Save & Exit" when done.

Lesson Plan Reference

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/8/1] Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/6/9] Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.


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

5 Points
3 Points
1 Points
The descriptions are clear and at least two sentences.
The descriptions can be understood but it are somewhat unclear.
The descriptions are unclear and are not at least two sentences.
The illustrations represent the descriptions using appropriate scenes, characters and items.
The illustrations relate to the descriptions, but are difficult to understand.
The illustrations do not clearly relate to the descriptions.
Evidence of Effort
Work is well written and carefully thought out.
Work shows some evidence of effort.
Work shows little evidence of any effort.
Spelling, grammar, and punctuation are mostly correct.
Spelling, grammar, and punctuation are somewhat correct.
Spelling, grammar, and punctuation are mostly incorrect.

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