In this activity, students will choose an event, or a series of connected events, that play a key role in the plot.
This example, from Chapter 13, reveals Byron’s feelings for Kenny and how their relationship strengthens. First, Kenny ignores all of the warnings to stay away from Collier’s Landing. Kenny gets caught in a whirlpool and is unable to swim back to shore. Byron rescues Kenny from drowning and pulls him to shore. Once Kenny is safely out of the water, Byron holds him tight and kisses him over and over again; this is the first instance where Byron shows positive affection towards Kenny. This scene further shows their growing relationship when Byron instructs Kenny not to tell anybody about what happened.
Grade Level 4-5
Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)
Type of Assignment Individual
Type of Activity: Chapter Summary ActivityCommon Core Standards
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Create a spider map storyboard depicting three connected events in The Watsons go to Birmingham.
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Character Trait Analysis
Written explanation of the scene clearly and accurately explains the connection between the character's actions and his or her personality and character development.
Written explanation of the scene attempts to explain the scene's connection to the character's personality and development. Some explanations may be unclear.
Written explanation of the scenes fails to correctly explain the connection between the actions depicted and the character's personality and development.
Storyboard cells clearly show connection with the character trait, through depiction of a specific instance in the text.
Storyboard cells show some connection with the character trait, through depiction of the novel, but some storyboard cells are difficult to understand or fail to capture a specific event in the text.
Storyboard cells do not demonstrate the appropriate character traits or fail to include any specific textual references.
Effort and Editing
Work is complete, thorough, and neat. Spelling and grammar are correct.
Most of the sections of the storyboard were at least attempted and work is presentable. The text contains some errors in spelling and/or grammar.
Storyboard is unfinished and/or disorganized. The text contains many errors in spelling and/or grammar.
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