This is another GREAT close reading (small or whole group) lesson for getting observed! The 25 pages included in "Close Reading; Summarizing Stories" can be used for fictional stories, articles, events in history, biographies, poems, folktales ~ ANY text where you can use who, what, where, when, why and how to retell main events!
Aligned with the CCLS and comes with colorful teaching visuals and differentiated writing templates for students! Just add a story of your choice, a teacher and a couple of kids, and you are ready to get observed!
Story Man to the rescue! Story Man is a visual scaffolding tool/graphic organizer /story map that is copyrighted through the Library of Congress.
The DIFFERENTIATED Story Man story map and WRITING TEMPLATES help build reading fluency, comprehension, close reading and summary writing skills. They also help your students gain confidence in themselves as writers as they become BETTER writers, close readers and note takers. They are also excellent test prep!
FOUR colorful lesson sheets to serve as a visual guide during lesson
FOUR pages of differentiated Story Man story maps.
ONE color coded example (email me for more!)
EIGHT differentiated summary writing TEMPLATES that WILL make summary writing EASIER for your students!
TWO examples of completed writing templates
TWO pages of writing paper for summary writing
Use the differentiated lessons, response sheets and story maps with small groups for guided lessons or with your whole class. The worksheets and graphic organizers are great for guided and independent work. Students can be assigned any fictional (or biographical) story, including a CHAPTER book of their choice or a story in a basal series.
Story Man to the rescue! I created Story Man in 1999 to help prepare my students for state assessments. It works GREAT, and makes my job EASIER. If you want more lessons with “Story Man,” check out my store!
For MORE close reading REPRODUCIBLES created to help students close read text and writing TEMPLATES designed to train writers to use details, check out
Close Reading; Fun for Kids, Easy for Teachers
Close Reading; Summary Practice Nonfiction
Close Reading; Analyzing Characters
Close Writing; The PQA Quiz; Assessments for Fictional Stories
Common Core Writing; The Character Analysis Paragraph
Writing; The Picture Paragraph