Activity Overview

As students read this story, they will undoubtedly imagine something that they would wish for, if given the chance. As the story warns, however, sometimes we should be happy with what we have, otherwise dire consequences can result from our pursuits for more. Have students come up with one wish that they would make if given the chance, and the expected outcome of their wish. Then, have students think of two potential pitfalls that could happen from their interference with fate. Have them depict their wish in a storyboard like the one above.

Interfering with Fate Assignment Example

I wish I could become a multi-millionaire by winning the lottery.

Expected Outcome:
With all my newfound money, I would give my parents plenty of money to get caught up on bills and to retire early. Then, I would put aside enough money for my sister and I to get a good college education. Finally, I’d pay for a huge family vacation cruise to the Caribbean.

Pitfall #1:
Some people might try to take advantage of me, or only become my friend because I have money. Some people may even pretend to be a “long lost family member” in order to get some of the money. I may not be able to trust many people and I’d be lonely and depressed.

Pitfall #2:
With all that money, I may not find a need to go to college. If I don’t have any plans for my life, I wouldn't know what to do with myself. I would also lose touch with my friends, who will go off and have careers, while I would be floating around on a yacht all day.

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions:

  1. Click “Start Assignment” and give your storyboard a name.
  2. Complete the descriptions for each cell, using the already written title as a guide.
  3. Think of and describe two pitfalls that could happen that would interfere with your wish coming true. Write and describe them in the second row.
  4. Illustrate all cells using appropriate scenes, items, characters, and dialogue.
  5. Save and exit when you are done.

Lesson Plan Reference

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/9-10/3] Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/9-10/4] Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1–3 above.)
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/9-10/6] Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products, taking advantage of technology’s capacity to link to other information and to display information flexibly and dynamically

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