The "W-strategy" is a great way to scaffold students as they learn to identify key details and retell a fictional text. This strategy is ideal for ELL and beginning readers. It's also useful for struggling students in the upper grades.
Each point on the W represents a 'W-question word'--what, where, why, when, who. Students learn to associate where and when with the setting of the story, who with the characters, and why and what with the plot. If students aren't ready to answer the W questions themselves, teachers can provide the answers and students can tell which W word they belong with. Read more about this strategy on my blog.
The W strategy
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