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Activity Overview


Students decide on what they think are the important parts in the text are and categorize them into the beginning, middle, and end of the story. Having students decide on the beginning, middle and end will help them break the text up and make it easier to choose one or two main events to create. Students can plan their ideas with a partner or individually and decide what main parts they would like to add to their storyboard.


The storyboard above shows one example for the beginning, middle and end, but you could set a number of frames for the students to use depending on the ability of the student or the length of the text.

Example Tops and Bottoms Summary

Beginning

Hare needs to find a way to feed his family. He decides to trick the lazy bear. He offers to grow all the crops and all Bear has to do is decide if he wants the top half of the crop or the bottom.


Middle

Hare tricks Bear many times. Bear chooses the top half for his profit, so Hare grows root vegetables. Bear is left with the tops of all the root vegetables, a useless harvest.


End

Bear is fed up with getting tricked so he decides that he will grow his own plants so he can keep all the parts. Hare earned enough money to buy his land back and open a vegetable stand.


Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 2-3

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual or Group

Type of Activity: Parts of a Story

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/2/1] Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/2/5] Describe the overall structure of a story, including describing how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action.
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/2/7] Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.


Template and Class Instructions

(These instructions are completely customizable. After clicking "Use This Assignment With My Students", update the instructions on the Edit Tab of the assignment.)



Student Instructions

Make a storyboard summary of Tops and Bottoms.


  1. Make a picture that shows the beginning of the story.
  2. Make a picture that shows the middle of the story.
  3. Make a picture that shows the end of the story.
  4. Write a sentence under each picture.


Rubric

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