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This item gave my students the knowledge and confidence they needed to successfully summarize a fictional story. To quote a student "Now I get it, and it's really NOT that hard!"
SCOPES gives students an acronym for retelling a story. It's easy to remember story elements using this system. As a result, story summaries are improved. Additionally, all elements are defined in a comprehensive way, allowing students a much deeper, more critical understanding of fictional text.
-A student summary guide (all terms are clearly defined) allowing students to work within the framework of greater support
-A summary graphic organizer (students write key words and phrases only) encouraging students to work more independently
-Student summarizing directions encouraging the use of complete sentences, revision, and editing.
This item allows for the gradual (over time and with practice) release of responsibility, is tied to the common core, and easily allows for differentiation.
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