Activity Overview

Learning to summarize a story is a skill students will use throughout their life. Starting with the Beginning, Middle, and End, students will learn to identify important scenes in stories in a way that creates an easy to understand summary. In this activity, students will create a 3 cell storyboard that summarizes the beginning, middle, and end of Pattan’s Pumpkin.

Pattan’s Pumpkin Summary Example

Beginning: There once lived a man named Pattan, who lived in the Sahyadri mountains with his wife Kanni. Pattan found a plant with beautiful flowers that looked like it needed some care, and he planted it near their hut. The plant thrived and soon it grew into an enormous pumpkin.

Middle: One day the sky turned dark and the rain began to fall heavily. Pattan knew that they had to leave the mountains, for there was sure to be a dangerous flood from all of the rain. The next morning, Pattan got to work hollowing out the giant pumpkin, which had grown as tall as the mountain. He climbed the mountain, cut open the top, and began digging. With the animals jumping in to help, the great pumpkin was finally ready and big enough for everyone to fit inside.

End: Pattan helped everyone, including all of the animals, into the pumpkin, and when it was time to go, he cut it free and off they rolled down the mountain and into the river. Many days and nights passed, until finally they reached the plains. When the rain stopped, they all returned to the valley. They built a new home by the river and Pattan planted the single pumpkin seed that he had saved. Pattan and Kanni had many children, who grew up and lived alongside them in their own homes in the foothills of the mountains.

Template and Class Instructions

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Objective: Create a visual summary of Pattan’s Pumpkin.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Separate the story into the Beginning, Middle, and End.
  3. Create an image that represents an important moment or set of events for each of the story components using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  4. Write a short description of each part of the story.

Lesson Plan Reference

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/2/2] Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/3/2] Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.


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

Beginning, Middle, and End Summary
Create a storyboard that summarizes the story. The storyboard should have three cells - one for each part. Below each cell, type in 1-2 sentences that describes that part of the story.
Proficient Emerging Beginning
Each of the three cells represents a different part of the story. The cells are in order from beginning to end. Sentences accurately summarize each part.
One cell is out of order, or the storyboard is missing important information.
Important information is missing and/or two or three cells are out of order.
Cells include images that help to tell the story and do not get in the way of understanding.
Some of the images help tell the story. Descriptions do not always match the images.
Images do not make sense with the story.
Spelling and Grammar
Spelling and grammar is mostly accurate. Mistakes do not get in the way of understanding.
Spelling is very inaccurate and hinders full understanding.
Text is difficult to understand.

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