Activity Overview

Edward meets many different people on his journey, and learns the important lesson that love is what matters most. Rather than creating a traditional plot diagram, students can summarize and illustrate Edward’s time with each of the new people that he met throughout his journey. Their finished products should be in chronological order, and have 6 cells, covering Abilene, Lawrence and Nellie, Bull and Lucy, Bryce, Lucius Clarke, and Abilene and her daughter. This sample activity contains spoilers. This activity is best to use as a culminating activity once students have finished reading the novel, or it can be done along the way, with students creating a new cell after they have finished each part of the story.

Template and Class Instructions

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Objective: Create a 6 cell storyboard of Edward’s travels in The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Create scenes from each part of Edward’s journey, in chronological order, using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  3. Write a short description of each of the examples.
  4. Save and exit when you're done.

Lesson Plan Reference

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/4/2] Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/5/2] Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.


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