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Activity Overview

An exceptional way to help your students follow a story is to have them track the events from it. Not only is this a great way to teach the parts of a plot, it also reinforces major events, which helps students develop greater understanding of how the events fit together to provide the overall structure of the story.

This example identifies six main events:

  1. Reuven tells Aaron to bring Zlateh to the butcher so the family will have enough money for Hanukkah.
  2. The family is devastated to lose Zlateh; they cry and say goodbye to her.
  3. On the way to the village, a massive snowstorm hits and Aaron loses his way.
  4. Aaron finds shelter in a haystack; he survives by milking and cuddling with Zlateh.
  5. Aaron and Zlateh have a stronger bond than ever, and Aaron vows never to give her up.
  6. On the fourth day, Aaron makes his way back home; his family is delighted about their return, and never consider taking Zlateh to the butcher shop again.

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Write a the events of the story in each description box.
  3. Illustrate each event using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  4. Save and Exit

Lesson Plan Reference

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(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)

Sequence of Events Rubric
Create a storyboard that shows a sequence of events. Below each cell, type in a description about the importance of that part of the story.
Proficient Emerging Beginning
Each of the cells represents a different part of the story. The cells are in order from beginning to end.
One cell is out of order, or the storyboard is missing important information.
Important information is missing and/or two or more cells are out of order.
Cells include images that accurately show events in the story and do not get in the way of understanding.
Most images show the events of the story, but some are incorrect.
The images are unclear or do not make sense with the story.
Descriptions match the images and show the change over time.
Descriptions do not always match the images or mention the importance of the event.
Descriptions are missing or do not match the images.
Spelling and Grammar
Spelling and grammar is mostly accurate. Mistakes do not get in the way of understanding.
Spelling is very inaccurate and hinders full understanding.
Text is very difficult to understand.

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