Lesson Plan

Lit Circle Final Project: The Sequel

After being broken up into small groups for SciFi Lit Circles novels, using 1:1 Chromebooks students will create a sequel to their novel. They will use the StoryboardThat website to create a storyboard rather than a traditional outline.
Jesse Y.
Classroom teacher
Walnut Middle School
Grand Island, NE
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My Grades 6, 7, 8
My Subjects English Language Arts, Social Studies
Objectives

Students will be able to demonstrate their knowledge of the elements of plot by creating an outline through StoryboardThat.

Students will be able to demonstrate their knowledge of the elements of science fiction by writing their own science fiction short story.

Subjects
English Language Arts
Grades 7
All Notes
Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Hook/Attention Getter

  • Give students a sticky note as they walk in the door.
  • Tell students we will be watching a video to introduce a concept called "Storyboarding," which is used for movies.
  • Tell students to be paying attention and trying to come up with language arts terms that can describe what a storyboard does. Tell students to write answers on sticky note.
  • Watch Video,
  • Ask students for answers. Possible answers: Summarizing, Outlining, Finding the Main Ideas
Student Instructions
  • Grab a sticky note and sit down.
  • Watch the video.
  • Try to figure out what language arts term or practice is similar to "storyboarding."
  • Write it down on your sticky note.
  • Share answers when called on.

2 Direct Instruction

  • Tell students that they will be writing a sequel to the novel they read in their Lit Circles, but that they will create a story outline in "storyboard" form.
  • Tell students they must have each element of plot present in their storyboard (Exposition, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, Resolution) and that each element must be labeled. They may review these in their interactive notebooks if needed.
  • Tell students they must have at least 2 of the elements of Science Fiction present (Science-Based, Cultural, Imaginative, Futuristic, Intense Setting) present and that each element must be labeled. They may review these in their interactive notebooks if needed.
  • Tell students to log onto StoryboardThat and begin working.
Student Instructions
  • Review elements of plot if needed.
  • Review elements of science fiction if needed.

3 Independent Practice

  • Teachers monitor and assist as needed.
Student Instructions
  • Students work to create a storyboard outline of their science fiction sequels using StoryboardThat.
  • Students ask questions as needed.
  • Students publish when finished.

4 Wrap-Up

  • Writes the following on the board:
    • Plot
      • Exposition
      • Rising Action
      • Climax
      • Falling Action
      • Resolution
    • Science Fiction
      • Science-Based
      • Cultural
      • Imaginative
      • Futuristic
      • Intense Setting
  • Tells students to share the stroyboards with their shoulder partners. Tells partners to check for needed elements.

  • Assists as needed.

Student Instructions
  • Students share their storyboard with their shoulder partner, who double checks that each element is present and labeled.
  • Students make corrections as needed.