Students may do these Common Core based activities in conjunction with their self-selected and class readings as well as writing assignments. They also work as test prep materials. The activities include:
-- Story Map -Organize events of a story.
-- Story Summary Frame - Complete a summary of events based on the story map.
-- Story Summary: Personal Letter Frame- Write a formal letter about a story.
(Also available in .pdf format)
Common Core Anchor Standards:
2. Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details
10. Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.
4. Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task,
purpose, and audience.
5. Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
Be sure to check out the Plot Map, Summary, and Business Letter for more advanced skills.
Graphic organizers act as scaffolding tools to move students from less cognitively demanding tasks to more cognitively demanding activities. The beauty of graphic organizers is they need not be extensive or difficult to increase student learning.
--Scaffolds cognitively demanding activities
--Models academic vocabulary
--Improves reading comprehension and writing skills
--Increases exam scores
--Accelerates English language learning (ESL, ELD, ELL, SDAIE)
Story Map, Summary, and Personal Letter Lesson
by Scott N. Forrest
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