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.
Marty lies about eating his sister’s chocolate. He gets all red and claims, “It was one of the worst days of my life.”
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.
Marty thinks back to the time he found a dead dog with a bullet through his head near Judd Traver’s house.
Grade Level 4-5
Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)
Type of Assignment Individual or Partner
Type of Activity: Flashback in LiteratureCommon Core Standards
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Create a storyboard illustrating different flashbacks and what they reveal about the story.
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