The product lists words to preview with your students prior to reading the story. Students must first try to decode the words in isolation. Then, using context clues from the story, they are asked to determine the meaning of the word as well as the part of speech.
It also contains a place for students to practice retelling. They are asked to write a brief summary of each chapter after reading.
The product closes with an open response question about the book, enabling students to form and opinion and use evidence from the text to support their answers.
Studies on story recall have found that extended use of the technique of story retelling leads to large improvements in story comprehension, making inferences, and understanding of story structure. Comparing children's retellings over time can be useful in monitoring their progress in comprehension. In addition, story retelling can also be a helpful technique to assess a child's comprehension.