Summarizing Fiction Small Group Instruction: Four Trifolds | PDF and Digital |
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These four print-and-go trifolds target the skill of summarizing a fiction text. Students are taught how to use the "Somebody Wanted But So Then" summarizing strategy in a step-by-step manner. Use these tri-folds over the course of 4 days to provide targeted instruction on this topic.
As I was creating these trifolds, I pictured myself using them with small groups of students. Specifically, I envisioned sitting around a table with a group of students who needed some targeted instruction and additional opportunities to practice writing a fiction summary. That being said, however, you can also successfully use these tri-folds in a large group setting or assign them as independent work.
The summarizing fiction trifolds progress from basic to more complex. Answer keys are included, along with additional teacher notes for EACH trifold. CHECK OUT THE PREVIEW to get a good feel for what you will get if you choose to purchase this resource.
Trifold #1: This initial trifold focuses on teaching students to recognize the five parts of a “omebody anted ut o hen” summary. First, students are presented with three summaries, and they must highlight or underline each component of the summary with a different color. The middle section of this trifold emphasizes the difference between retellings (many details) and summaries (short). I have included both a bulleted retelling of Goldilocks and the Three Bears and a SBWST summary so that students can see the difference. Finally, students are given information about a fictional text, and they write their first summary using the SWBST model.
Trifold #2: This second trifold uses fables because most fables are already short, and identifying the five parts is often quite obvious. Therefore, I believe summarizing fables builds confidence at this early point. In this trifold, students read and then summarize three fables. As you will see in my teacher notes for this trifold, this is when I talk to kids about avoiding a run-on sentence summary, and I discuss the importance of using transition words to help form a smooth, fluent summary.
Tri-fold #3: In this third trifold students advance to reading short stories. These two short stories contain more details than the fables they read yesterday. Therefore, students will need to discern the most important parts of the story in order to write a good summary. On the final panel, students will brainstorm their own short stories by answering the SWBST questions in each box.
Tri-fold #4: In this final trifold, I focus on what writers can do when they try to use the SWBST formula, and the parts just don’t seem to all fall into place. As you will see, I propose that when students run into this problem, they should start with the SWBST formula, but add in other critical information when it is necessary. This tri-fold begins by using Jack and the Beanstalk as an example. Next, students read a short story and choose which summary is stronger. (The summary that uses the SWBST formula plus some added information is the correct answer.) Finally, students read one last short story and summarize it.
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**Please note!** I created an enhanced version of this resource that is compatible with Google Slides. It includes instructional slides not included in this particular resource. I invite you to click on this link to review that version and then determine which format is most appropriate for your classroom and intended use.
Feel free to check out my related summarizing fiction resources:
Readers' Theater and Summarizing Activity
Summarizing Fiction PowerPoint
If you like these trifolds, you might want to check out these trifolds that target other ELA skills:
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Making Inferences: Targeted Trifolds
Citing Text Evidence: Targeted Trifolds
Context Clues: Targeted Trifolds
Cause and Effect: Targeted Trifolds
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