Are your students having a difficult time writing story summaries? Mine sure did... that is until I introduced the Somebody Wanted But So Then (SWBST) graphic organizer. This made writing a summary so much easier for my class. The poster I've included is what I put up on the board to remind my students what information they need to include when writing a summary. The poster alone is not enough instruction. Place this poster around your classroom once you've taught SWBST or print a few to a page so that your students can glue a copy down in their notebooks.
I hope your students are able to benefit from this poster as much as mine have.