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Activity Overview


In the book The Boy on the Wooden Box, Leon struggles to survive for many years. Sometimes he survived based on pure luck, sometimes he survived because of his courage, and sometimes he survived because of his intellect. There was a time, at Leon’s lowest point, when he simply didn’t care anymore if he survived or not. In fact, he even preferred death to the hell that he was living in. For this activity, students will identify, describe, and illustrate three examples of when Leon survived during his horrible, unimaginable struggle.

Teachers may also choose to extend this activity to discuss other themes present in the memoir.


Template and Class Instructions

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Objective: Create a 3 cell storyboard that identifies and describes three examples of how Leon survived his circumstances in The Boy on the Wooden Box.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Identify examples and write titles in the headings.
  3. Create images for each example using appropriate images, characters, and scenes.
  4. Write a short description of each example.
  5. Save and exit when you're done.

Lesson Plan Reference

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/6/2] Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/7/2] Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/8/2] Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text

Rubric

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Themes
Create a storyboard that identifies recurring themes in the story. Illustrate instances of each and write a short description that explains the example's significance.
Proficient Emerging Beginning
Identify Theme(s)
All themes are correctly identified as important recurring topics or messages in the story.
Some themes are correctly identified, but others are missing or do not make sense with the story.
No themes are correctly identified.
Examples
All examples support the identified themes. Descriptions clearly say why examples are significant.
Most examples fit the identified themes. Descriptions say why examples are significant.
Most examples do not fit the identified themes. Descriptions are unclear.
Depiction
Storyboard cells clearly show connection with the themes and help with understanding.
Most storyboard cells help to show the themes, but some storyboard cells are difficult to understand.
Storyboard cells do not help in understanding the themes.


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