Activity Overview

Writing a summary is effective for retelling the whole story. As the story has many vignettes within it, this will be a good challenge for students already developing summarization skills. They will need to practice determining importance and main idea to create a successful summary storyboard. The storyboard format will help students practice being concise when many elements are in play.

Example Stuart Little BME Summary


  • Stuart is born a mouse to a caring human family, and uses his size to his advantage.
  • Snowbell the cat causes trouble for Stuart.


  • Stuart has adventures around the city.
  • Stuart meets Margalo, and a true friendship is formed.


  • Margalo’s life is in danger, and she flees for safety.
  • Stuart sets off on a quest to find Margalo and encounters many adventures along the way.

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Make a storyboard summary of Stuart Little.

  1. Make pictures that show two main events from the beginning of the story.
  2. Make pictures that show two main events from the middle of the story.
  3. Make pictures that show two main events from the end of the story.
  4. Write a sentence under each picture.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 2-3

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual or Partner

Type of Activity: Parts of a Story

Common Core Standards
  • [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.
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/3/5] Refer to parts of stories, dramas, and poems when writing or speaking about a text, using terms such as chapter, scene, and stanza; describe how each successive part builds on earlier sections.


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

Sequence of Events Rubric
Create a storyboard that shows a sequence of events. Below each cell, type in a description about the importance of that part of the story.
Proficient Emerging Beginning
Each of the cells represents a different part of the story. The cells are in order from beginning to end.
One cell is out of order, or the storyboard is missing important information.
Important information is missing and/or two or more cells are out of order.
Cells include images that accurately show events in the story and do not get in the way of understanding.
Most images show the events of the story, but some are incorrect.
The images are unclear or do not make sense with the story.
Descriptions match the images and show the change over time.
Descriptions do not always match the images or mention the importance of the event.
Descriptions are missing or do not match the images.
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 very difficult to understand.

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