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Choices and Consequences

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When students complete the activities in this lesson plan, they will use the following comic layout types.

  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map
  • Comic Strip

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This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings emotional intelligence to life with comics and storyboards.
This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings emotional intelligence to life with comics and storyboards.
This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings emotional intelligence to life with comics and storyboards.

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Choices and Consequences

Step 1Class discussion with students

Getting Started

The ability to predict consequences and infer choices and motives are two important critical thinking skills essential to reading comprehension. Teachers should explicitly teach students how to identify choices (antecedents) and consequences (reactions).

Opening Discussion

Share the following:

  • Every choice in life and in fiction leads directly to a positive or negative consequence (or compromise).
  • Similarly, every consequence in life or in a story is caused by an individual's motivations, choices and mistakes.
  • Every individual action involves choices and consequences.
  • While reading, make predictions about what characters will choose and what the consequences will be.
  • Practice inferring the unwritten motives behind choices and predicting future consequences.
Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Storyboard
    Consider Consequences

    Complete after class discussion.

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  • Make a Storyboard
    Infer Choices

    Complete after class discussion.

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  • Make a Mind Map
    Choice and Consequence in Plot

    Complete after class reading.

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  • Extension / Modification
    Storyboard (Extension / Modification)

    Illustrate at least ten choice and consequence relationships in a Storyboard. Cut apart the panels, swap with a partner, and use them to play a matching game.

  • Extension / Modification
    Comic Strip (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Comic Strip to illustrate five choice and consequence relationships in your life.

Step 3Concluding discussion with students

Discuss the following:

  • Have these activities helped you pay closer attention to unspoken motives and choices in every story you read?
  • Do you predict that you will make better plot predictions after completing these activities?
  • Why is it important to be able to infer choices and motives causes that aren't directly stated (in life and in a text)?
  • Why is it important to be able to predict consequences before they happen (in life and in a text)?
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Pixton Activity: Choices and Consequences 1 Consider Consequences

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  • Storyboard

Intro

Every choice has a consequence. Strong readers are able to make constant predictions about the likely consequences of individual's choices. Outside of reading, individuals with strong emotional intelligence are also able to consider consequences to their actions before they make choices. This way every choice is made to achieve the best possible outcome. Practice considering consequences in life and in a plot by inferring the likely consequences of the following four choices:

  1. Caitlin chooses to pay for a new outfit on a credit card because she doesn't have the money to use cash or debit.
  2. Sarah chooses to wake up early to exercise before work.
  3. Lorraine chooses to automatically transfer 20% of her income to a retirement fund.
  4. Charlie chooses to buy coffee and lunch at the local cafe everyday.

Instructions

Create a four panel Storyboard to illustrate the likely consequences of the above choices:

  • Identify the number in the panel title.
  • Write a detailed description of your predicted consequence.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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Pixton Activity: Choices and Consequences 2 Infer Choices

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  • Storyboard

Intro

Every consequence is caused by a prior choice. Strong readers are able to make constant inferences about unstated causes, choices and motives of current conflicts, problems and consequences in the plot. Outside of reading, individuals with strong emotional intelligence are also able to constantly consider choices and consequences. Practice inferring choices and motives in a plot by making educated guesses about the likely choices behind the following four consequences:

  1. Before Anthony is promoted within the company, he is supposed to train the person replacing him in his current position but he refuses to help.
  2. Marcus' boss does not help him get a raise or promotion to move ahead in the company.
  3. Candace ignores Beth and doesn't console her when Beth is upset.
  4. Matt cannot think of answers or specific examples to respond to his job interview questions.

Instructions

Create a four panel Storyboard to illustrate the likely choices behind the above consequences:

  • Identify the number in the panel title.
  • Write a detailed description of your inferred choice or motive.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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Pixton Activity: Choices and Consequences 3 Choice and Consequence in Plot

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  • Mind Map

Intro

In life and in literature, every choice has a consequence. Every action, and negative or positive consequence is caused by a motive, decision or choice.

Instructions

Create a four panel Mind Map to illustrate two choice and consequence scenarios from a text read and/or discussed in class:

  • Identify the number in the panel title.
  • Write a detailed description of each choice and consequence in separate panels.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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