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Activity Overview


Throughout the book, readers are introduced to a variety of thoughts on how to live a better life. These thoughts are called, "Mr. Browne's Precepts", and each ties into the story. Most come down to the basic idea that being good to others will make our lives better.

In this exercise, have students find Mr. Browne's precepts, or other inspiring quotes from the book, and correlate the words to something in their life. Students can choose three separate quotes and do separate scenes, or they can choose one and use a sequence of events to illustrate how the quote ties into their experiences.

Mr. Browne's precept, "choose kind", is meant to make us realize that our words and actions affect other people.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-8

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/7/3] Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact (e.g., how setting shapes the characters or plot)
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/8/1] Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text


Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard that identifies three of Mr. Browne's precepts or other inspiring quotes from the book, and connects each precept to your personal experiences.


  1. Select three of Mr. Browne's precepts or other inspiring quotes from the book and type them into the description boxes.
  2. Illustrate a scene or situation from your personal experiences that goes along with each of the precepts or quotes.



Rubric

(Modify this basic rubric by clicking the link below. You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)



Mr. Brown's Precepts Rubric Template
Create a storyboard that identifies three of Mr. Brown's precepts or other inspiring quotes from the book, and connects each precept to your personal experiences.
Proficient Emerging Beginning
Identification of Precept or Quote
Three relevant precepts or quotes were identified.
Two relevant precepts or quotes were identified.
Only one relevant precept or quote was identified.
Examples of Precept or Quote in Own Life
All personal examples support the identified precepts or quotes.
Most examples support the identified precepts or quotes.
Most personal examples do not fit the precepts or quotes.
Illustration of Connection
Scenes clearly show a story or situation that matches with the precepts or quotes.
Some scenes help to show a connection to the precepts or quotes.
Scenes are disorganized, hard to understand, or do not illustrate the meaning of the precepts.




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