Having students choose a favorite quote or scene from the book allows them to express which parts of the story resonated with them on a personal level. In this way, students are making a text-to-self connection that demonstrates their understanding of the characters and their development or the themes of the novel. Students can share their storyboards afterwards and have a short discussion about what the quotes mean to them.
Some students may end up choosing the same quote, but have different perspectives. This is always interesting for students to see and can open up a discussion as to how not everyone can read the same lines in the same way based on their own perspectives and personal experiences.
"Sylvia never imagined the one thing that actually happened even before her first day of school: she was turned away."
"Is this why they would take Alice and Virginia but not me? she wondered. Is it because my skin is too brown? Is this why me and my brothers were told to go to the Mexican school? But I'm not even Mexican. I'm American."
"We're being treated like second-best people, she thought bitterly."
"Aki never expected the one thing that actually happened: she was forced to leave behind her home, her school, her father - her whole life."
"What does a war being fought in places I've never heard of have to do with us?"
"The war will be over someday, Aki thought, but so many of our beautiful things may be gone forever."
"This isn't just about you three anymore. It started out that way, but now it's about all five thousand Mexican students in Orange County."
"Every child deserves a chance."
"Sylvia, there cannot be justice for one unless there is justice for all."
"Each one of you has a mission in life. Your mission is not something you learn in school. It cannot be told to you by someone else. It comes from deep inside of you. It is the thing you have been put on this earth to do."
Proverbs at the beginning of each chapter
Ch. 1: "He who doesn’t look ahead remains behind." - Mexican Proverb
Ch. 2: "Fall seven times; stand up eight." - Japanese Proverb
Ch. 3: "He who labors and thrives spins gold." - Mexican Proverb
Ch. 4: "If you stand up like a nail, you will get hammered down." - Japanese Proverb
Ch. 5: "That which isn’t in books, life will teach you." - Mexican Proverb
Ch. 6: "Adversity is the foundation of virtue." - Japanese Proverb
Ch. 7: "Do the good and don’t look at who receives it." - Mexican Proverb
Ch. 8: "One kind word can warm three winter months." - Japanese Proverb
Ch. 9: "God does not hear if you do not speak." - Mexican Proverb
Ch. 10: "Love and a cough cannot be hidden." - Japanese Proverb
Ch. 12: "Continuance is strength." - Japanese Proverb
Ch. 11: "Talking about bulls is not the same thing as facing them in the ring." - Mexican Proverb
Ch. 13: "Hope dies last of all." - Mexican Proverb
Ch. 13: "Bad and good are intertwined like rope." - Japanese Proverb;
Epilogue: "There is no bad that something good doesn't come from it." - Mexican Proverb
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Objective: Create a storyboard that identifies your favorite quote or scene in Sylvia & Aki. Illustrate your quote and write what it means to you.
Requirements: Quote or Scene, Illustration, 1-2 sentences about what it means to you.
Grade Level 4-6
Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)
Type of Assignment IndividualCommon Core Standards