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Activity Overview

In this activity, students will choose an event, or a series of connected events, that play a key role in the plot. This example reveals how Despereaux was mistreated by his family and his community for being different. First, Furlough, Despereaux’s brother, notices Despereaux’s strange behavior and reports it to their father, Lester. After Lester sends Despereaux to the Mouse Council, the Head Mouse declares that Despereaux is a threat to the community and therefore sends him to the rats in the dungeon. Furlough is responsible for escorting Despereaux to the dungeon after sentencing.

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/4/3] Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character's thoughts, words, or actions).

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard that looks at how events are connected in The Tale of Despereaux.

  1. Use the template provided by your teacher.
  2. Identify three events in the story that are related to one another.
  3. Describe each event and illustrate it.
  4. [Optional] Add a fourth cell describing how the events are connected and what their impact on the story is.

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