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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, 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.


Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a spider map storyboard depicting three connected events in The Watsons go to Birmingham.

  1. Choose an event, or a series of connected events, that play a key role in the plot.
  2. Describe the scene or scenes in the description.
  3. Illustrate each scene with appropriate characters, dialogue, and scenes.

Lesson Plan Reference

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Rubric

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Character Analysis Rubric
Analyze a character by explaining specific ways he or she demonstrates several important character traits throughout the story.
Proficient
33 Points
Emerging
25 Points
Beginning
17 Points
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 Scenes
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.


How To Create a Graphic Novel for “The Watsons Go to Birmingham”

1

Divide into Groups

Briefly explain the activity to students and the objectives of the activity. Divide the students into groups of 3-4 and assign each group one chapter from “The Watsons Go to Birmingham”. Ask the groups to carefully analyze their assigned chapters and conduct group discussions on the events of the chapter. Encourage the students to ask questions and clear any confusion before starting the activity.

2

Summarize Chapters

Once each group has carefully analyzed their assigned chapter, ask them to summarize the details of the chapters. Remind the students that the process of summarization includes cutting out less important parts, putting more emphasis on leading events, and paraphrasing to sum up the details. If necessary, teachers can show some sample graphic novels so students have an idea of how much detail they can put in.

3

Add Visuals

Encourage the students to add visuals and interesting elements to the novel. A graphic novel means to tell the story with the help of pictures, hence more emphasis should be on visuals rather than text. Students can take the help of the internet and print some pictures that explain the events and the text in a good way. If possible, students can also draw the visuals themselves.

4

Compile and Discuss

Once all the students have completed their chapters, teachers can compile each chapter and turn it into a complete novel. The novel can be passed in the class for students to have a look at the final version and work of other groups. Once all the students have gone through the novel, teachers can conduct a class discussion of the activity as well as the final product.

Frequently Asked Questions About Chapter Analysis in “The Watsons Go To Birmingham”

How can chapter analysis help the students to comprehend the entire novel in a much better way?

Students can explore the subtleties of the plot in greater detail by analyzing particular chapters. Character development, thematic themes, particular narrative developments, and the writing style of the author may all be identified with its assistance. Students can also create maps for each chapter and analyze them in relation to the previous and upcoming chapters.

How to get the students started on the chapter analysis activity?

Encourage the students to read the chapter carefully first. Help them make notes on key incidents, meaningful dialogue between characters, noteworthy quotations, and any literary methods employed. Ask the students to think about how the chapter advances the story as a whole. After students are done reading one chapter, ask them to summarize their findings and provide insights for in-class discussion.




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