Help your students understand story structure and retell a story. This unit is designed to help students retell a story by encouraging them to think about what makes up the beginning, middle and end of most stories. Each original story has a series of activities which requires them to recount the story sequence and write about what made up each part of the story.
The activities get progressively more difficult. Students begin by filling in simple graphic organizers and eventually write their own short story following illustrations and thinking about what makes up a good story structure. They answer questions which ask them to determine what they would be likely to find in a particular part of a story.
These activities are designed to supplement regular classroom instruction. The activities are purposely short and can usually be broken up into 30 minute blocks of time. I was thinking of 2nd graders when I wrote this unit. However, some activities would be appropriate for 1st grade enrichment or 3rd grade intervention. The lessons would be appropriate for whole group instruction or small guided groups.
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