Retelling and summarising stories and texts are an important comprehension strategy, but what is the best way to teach it?
One great strategy that should be one part of your repertoire of many, is using the somebody, wanted, but, so strategy.
After reading a short text or chapter, students write a single sentence telling who was the main character (somebody), what the character wanted (goal), but there was a problem, so this is how the problem was solved (solution). Students can then continue reading and adding on to their writing after the next big event by beginning the next sentence with “then” and reusing the same formula again and again.
This resource pack has been designed to help scaffold your students learn the somebody, wanted, but, so method of summarising and retelling.
The posters and mini posters at the end are to support teachers teach this method during small group/ guided reading.