Activity Overview

Provide students with a question or prompt to answer with a storyboard using textual evidence. The example prompt is, "How does “Magic” effect Mary and Colin?" Possible answers to the prompt include:

  • Mary believes that something powerful makes the roses grow.
  • Colin believes that Magic is helping him stand, walk, and run like a regular boy.
  • The Magic teaches Dickon how to exercise, which makes Mary and Colin fatter and healthier.

Other prompts might include:

  1. In what ways does Dickon help Mary and Colin?
  2. Why do you think Mary and Colin like Dickon and Mrs. Sowersby as much as they do?
  3. How do Mary and Colin change throughout the text?
  4. How does Mary’s experience help her to change Colin?

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard that answers the prompt using at least three examples from The Secret Garden. Click on "Add / Delete Cells" to change the number of examples.

  1. Type the question into the central black box.
  2. Think about examples from the text that support your answer.
  3. Type text evidence in the description boxes. Paraphrase or quote directly from the text.
  4. Illustrate each example using scenes, characters, items, etc.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 4-5

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual or Partner

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/5/1] Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.


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

Text Evidence
Answer the given question using at least three examples from the text.
Proficient Emerging Beginning
Support from Text
Examples chosen fully support the answer to the question.
Some of the examples answer the question correctly, but not all.
Most of the examples do not support the answer to the question.
Quote / Text
Evidence provided from the text is properly quoted or paraphrased.
There are some minor mistakes in the quote / description from text.
Quote or paraphrase is incomplete or confusing.
Illustration of Examples
Ideas are well organized. Images clearly illustrate the examples from the text.
Ideas are organized. Most images help to show the examples from the text.
Ideas are not well organized. Images are difficult to understand.

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