I tell my scholars that today we are going to create missing person's posters and reports to help find Stuart Little's friend Margalo for the book Stuart Little by E.B. White. I ask my students what are some things that could be done to help find Margalo. Students say things like ask her friends where she might be, go to places she likes to visit, ask the police to help find her, and put up posters in the neighborhood. I further explain to my students that their missing person's posters will include a drawn picture of Margalo, her name, what type of animal she is, a description of her, how old she is, where she is from, what she enjoys doing, when and where she was last seen, where she disappeared, where she was known to be headed, who are her friends, who are her enemies, etc. (see attached Powerpoint resource to display on a SmartBoard.) The purpose of my students creating the missing person's posters is for students to practice identifying and improving their comprehension of story details and character traits of Margalo from the book Stuart Little by E.B. White.
To close the lesson, we post the Missing Margalo reports and posters around the classroom and in the hallway and students do a gallery walk to view their work. I share with my scholars that by completing this performance task, they are being reading detectives. Through the creation of the missing person's posters for Margalo, they are answering key comprehension questions such as who, what, when, where, how, and why. This activity reaches many types of learners - visual, artistic, linguistic, interpersonal, intrapersonal, etc.)