This is a great story for retelling/ summarizing! It is cute, quick and clever. If it is not in your anthology, here is a link to the text: http://www.scribd.com/doc/39068174/Dragon-Dragon-Text
This product includes a PowerPoint, four printable worksheets a lesson plan (complete with Essential Questions, Activating Strategy, Exit Ticket, etc) and an extra Plot Mountain graphic organizer for use with other stories.
Students will learn the elements of a short story and the importance of retelling in order.
Vocabulary includes: Sequence, Series of episodes/events, Theme, Setting, Conflict, Climax and Resolution.
Retelling helps students cover key points in a story, keep the key points in order, and connect the key points in a logical way.
The class will read most of the text in PALS (pairing up, one student reads, the other summarizes on the worksheet). I've found this strategy works well with short stories. It challenges every student to read aloud for fluency and still read with a goal of comprehension. It is great for cooperative learning, too!
An optional activity is included (creating an ad for a dragon slayer- using details from the story) as well as an extending activity (retell other children's books using the provided worksheet). My students LOVE to read children's books, so this activity is quite successful! *Children's books suggested, but not provided. Worksheet IS provided.
If you are on the fence about this lesson, I encourage you to read the text at the above link. I think you will enjoy this particular story!
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