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Activity Overview

Authors use flashbacks in texts to reveal information about a character’s past. Flashbacks can provide some insight into a character’s motivation or details about the conflict. In this activity, students will identify examples of flashback and identify the author’s purpose for including them.

  1. Marty lies about eating his sister’s chocolate. He gets all red and claims, “It was one of the worst days of my life.”

  2. Marty remembers calling David Howard by his full name on two occasions: when David sat on a flowerpot Marty made for his mother, and when he caught Marty with his pants down in the bathroom.

  3. Marty thinks back to the time he found a dead dog with a bullet through his head near Judd Traver’s house.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 4-5

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual or Partner

Type of Activity: Flashback in Literature

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/4/6] Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated, including the difference between first- and third-person narrations.

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard illustrating different flashbacks and what they reveal about the story.

  1. Use the template provided by your teacher.
  2. Describe the different flashbacks in the description boxes.
  3. In the title box, identify why the author included them.
  4. Illustrate each flashback with appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  5. Save and submit your storyboard.

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