A few weeks ago I read a blog post about a storyboard extension activity, and when I decided to use it this week in class I couldn’t find the blog post and had to go off of what I could remember. Here’s Travis Murray’s original post about a storyboard extension activity.

This week my 8th graders were reviewing their class story El Viajero based on Martina Bex’s script. Since I couldn’t remember how Profe Murray’s version of the activity went, I had to make up something from memory.

I divided our class story into six parts. We read it as outlined in A Natural Approach to Stories (silent reading, teacher reads aloud, class reads aloud in English), and then I gave students a blank 6-frame storyboard. In each frame students illustrated the six parts of the story. Afterwards they passed their storyboard to the left. That student looked at the drawing in frame one and compared it part one of the story. On the lines below the drawing, students wrote in details from part one of the story that were not obvious in the drawing. Then they passed the storyboard to the left and with a new storyboard in hand repeated the process for frame two. This continued until students had reviewed all six parts of the story.

To prompt students into comparing the drawing and section of the story, I asked questions like, “¿Es obvio que Susan era de Rusia?”. If it was obvious, students didn’t have to write anything on the lines under the drawing. If it wasn’t, students wrote “Susan era de Rusia” below the drawing.

In the end, it was a fun and helpful activity for a close reading of a text. It’s fun to see other people’s drawings, and the activity involves a task that makes rereading of the text interesting and worthwhile.