Title: Isla Story Map and
Materials: clothespins, string, story
- Students will arrange five major events from
the story Isla in correct order on a quiz.
- Students will represent the sequence of at
least five story events through a story map based on the book,
- Remind students of the activities they
participated in dealing with the characteristics of Caribbean
- Prompt students to pay careful attention to
the second reading of Isla, and think about the sequence of
events in the story so they will be able to participate in this
- Re-read the story, Isla.
- Ask students to recall events of the story
orally as they are called upon.
- Place events on the chalkboard [Have
several events pre-written on slips of paper (see
Appendix). If students add extra
events, add them to the list by writing them on additional slips
- Prompt students to remember the events of the
story in the order in which they occurred. As students state
answers, hang slips of paper with clothespins from a string hung
across the front of the classroom.
- Discuss the time-line, asking questions such
as, "Why are going to and coming from the island good first and
last events of the story? Why do you think the girl and her
grandmother go visit their relatives first when they arrive on the
island? What are the specific places on the island the girl and
her grandmother traveled to?"
- Put a star by the major events: 1) The girl
and her grandmother travel to the island. 2) They go to visit
their relatives. 3) They travel to the rain forest. 4) The family
has dinner. 5) The girl and her grandmother travel back to New
- State these events in the order they occurred
in the story.
- List these five major events of the story on
the board in random order.
- Take down the time-line for the
- Instruct students to write down the five
events in the correct order they occurred in the
- Collect papers when all the students have
- Hang time-line back up in front of the
- Supply students with a map of an island
- Ask students to make a path on the island of
where the girl and her grandmother traveled in the story. Instruct
students to include at least five major events from the story in
the correct sequence. Remind students they can use the timeline
for extra help.
- Instruct students to color maps if they finish
- Collect maps.
Evaluation: Check students' quizzes to
ensure they listed at least four of the five events in proper
sequence. Check each student's story map to ensure they included five
major points from the story in proper sequence.