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Activity Overview


When studying poetry, especially historical narratives, it can be helpful for students to understand the story of the poem. In this activity, students will write and illustrate a brief summary about what they think the poem means and what the poet is trying to say.


Template and Class Instructions

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Due Date:

Objective: Summarize the poem in your own words and illustrate it in a three cell storyboard.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Illustrate the poem using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  3. Write a summary in the description boxes.
  4. Save and submit storyboard.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-8

Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)

Type of Assignment Individual

Type of Activity: Plot Diagrams and Narrative Arcs

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/6/2] Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/7/2] Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/8/2] Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text

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