Activity Overview

The people and things that we love tell a great deal about ourselves. This activity is a chance for students to reflect on themselves and their likes, but also on the most important things to them. While many students will certainly choose family or favorite things, as I did, students will undoubtedly come to recognize people or things that have immense personal value. This is a beneficial brainstorming activity to solicit ideas for personal narratives, authority/expert writing, poetry topics, and more!

A spider map template works very well with this activity because there is less emphasis on ordering than there is in a list. The Frayer Model template works similarly well, but you are limited to exactly four items.

What does my storyboard tell you (or your students) about me? What new things did your students learn about each other after this activity? Let me know on Twitter! @AnnaMYWarfield

Template and Class Instructions

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Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level --- N/A ---

Difficulty Level 1 (Introducing / Reinforcing)

Type of Assignment Individual


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Holiday Storyboard Activity
Create a holiday storyboard!
Proficient Emerging Beginning
Images show creativity and care.
Scenes, characters, and items are appropriate for this purpose.
Images are confusing or do not make sense for this purpose.
Evidence of Effort
Work is complete, thorough, and neat.
Work shows some evidence of effort.
Work shows little evidence of any effort.
Ideas are organized. There are few or no grammatical, mechanical, or spelling errors.
Ideas are mostly organized. There are some grammatical, mechanical, or spelling errors.
Ideas may be disorganized or misplaced. Lack of control over grammar, mechanics, and spelling reflect a lack of proofreading.

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