The Black Stallion - Point of View

Updated: 2/12/2021
The Black Stallion - Point of View
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Black Stallion Lesson Plans

The Black Stallion by Walter Farley

Lesson Plans by Elizabeth Pedro

Alec Ramsey boards the Drake after two months visiting his Uncle Ralph in India. On his way to England, the Drake stops at a small port in Arabia where a glistening black, wild stallion is boarded onto the ship. As the Drake travels south of Spain, a sea storm hits; lightning strikes the ship and the passengers board the lifeboats in a panic. Alec frees the stallion, whom he calls, the Black, and both are left floating in the water as the Drake sinks to the bottom of the ocean. Alec notices a rope still attached to the horse’s neck, and he grabs on, thinking that he’d rather die with the horse than alone. The Black swims with the waves until they arrive on land.


The Black Stallion

Storyboard Description

The Black Stallion Point of View storyboard

Storyboard Text

  • The Reader and Alec Experience the Action at the Same Time
  • EXAMPLE 1
  • EXAMPLE 2
  • EXAMPLE 3
  • “In the afternoon he groomed the Black until the stallion’s black body glistened, and his long mane fell smoothly down on his neck.”
  • I have to free The Black or he will surely die.
  • “Suddenly he let loose on the reins and the stallion bolted. He gained momentum in mighty leaps”
  • I'd rather be with the stallion than by myself.
  • “Answering the pleas of the hundreds grouped around them, Alec took a few roses from the huge bow of flowers draped around the Black’s neck, and then threw the rest of them into the throng.”
  • I've never seen anything so beautiful!
  • The Reader Knows Alec’s Thoughts
  • “When he came up, his first thought was of the ship; then he heard an explosion, and he saw the Drake settling deep into the water.”
  • “Without stopping to think, Alec grabbed hold of [the rope]. Then he was pulled through the water, into the oncoming seas.”
  • “Alec forgot his problems in the beauty of the stallion as he swept along, grace in his swift stride, his black mane and tail flying.”