This graphic organizer is a great resource to use during literacy rotations. As students read their leveled books the supporting organizer will help students identify what challenge the character experienced, what did the character do as a result, and what did the character learn. These questions are broken down into the beginning, middle, and end of the story. Additionally, students are asked to contemplate the central message by answering: 'What is the author trying to teach the reader?'
The organizer is broken down into the following sections:
The organizer first asks the student a 'knowledge question.' The instructional goal of the knowledge question is to have the student recall basic information and facts before attempting the content standard. (Knowledge Question: What is a central message?)
The organizer then asks the student a 'skills question.' The skills question insures that the student can apply knowledge of the text to reason. (Skills Question: Ask you brain- How can I use retell to state what events lead up to the central message?)
Additionally, this organizer is a great teacher resource. It defines central message in student friendly language. It helps guide the lesson by stating how 'good readers' use this standard to build comprehension.
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