Having students choose a favorite quote or scene from the book allows them to express which parts of the story resonated with them on a personal level. In this way, students are making a text-to-self connection that demonstrates their understanding of the characters and their development or the themes of the novel. Students can share their storyboards afterwards and have a short discussion about what the quotes mean to them.
Some students may end up choosing the same quote, but have different perspectives. This is always interesting for students to see and can open up a discussion as to how not everyone can read the same lines in the same way based on their own perspectives and personal experiences.
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." - George Santayana (Prologue)
"We are not defined by our mistakes ... but by what we do after we've learned from them." (p. 4)
"Those were dark times, yes ... but what has stayed with me the most is not the darkness but the light. That is what I have held onto all these years.." (p. 7)
"The birds know mountains that we have not dreamed - Muriel Rukeyser, "Fifth Elegy: A Turning Wind", Part One
"They have a darkness inside them, so that is all they see in others: darkness. Why do they hate us? Because they cannot see our light. Nor can they extinguish it. As long as we shine our light, we win." (p. 38-39)
"It's not up to God to make it end, Pastor. Evil will only be stopped when good people decide to put an end to it. It is our fight, not God's." (p. 116)
"In these dark times, it's those small acts of kindness that keep us alive, after all. They remind us of our humanity." (p. 117)
"The best friendships are the ones where words are not needed." (p. 130)
"You might forget many things in your life, but you never forget kindness. Like love, it stays with you ... forever." (p. 185)
"It always takes courage to be kind, but in those days, when such kindness could cost you everything - your freedom, your life - kindness becomes a miracle. It becomes that light in the darkness that papa talked about, the very essence of our humanity. It is hope." (p. 186)
"What is done cannot be undone, but one can prevent it from happening again." - Anne Frank (Epilogue)
"Evil is only stopped when good people finally come together to put an end to it. There must be the will. The struggle follows." (p. 190)
"Never Again. We Remember."(p. 204)
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Objective: Create a storyboard that identifies your favorite quote or scene in White Bird. Illustrate your quote and write what it means to you.
Requirements: Quote, Illustration, 1-2 sentences about what it means to you.
Grade Level 6-8
Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)
Type of Assignment IndividualCommon Core Standards