Five passages, graphic organizers, checklists, rubrics, and more support students as they learn to summarize. For beginners, choose “somebody wanted but then so.” As they progress, students can use organizers that help them identify specific story elements. You can choose one strategy for your entire class or differentiate with multiple organizers.
• Four graphic organizers (story arc, table with “somebody wanted but then so,” table scaffolding to story elements, table with story elements
• Five fables: “The Fox and the Grapes,” “The Goose and the Golden Egg,” “The Peacock,” “The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse,” and “The Donkey and the Load of Salt”*
• Multiple-choice worksheets (with answer keys) for each fable
• Themed constructed response sheet for each fable
• Two student self-check sheet (“somebody wanted but then so” and story elements)
• Three rubrics (“somebody wanted but then so” – labeled and not labeled – and story elements)
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• Stories are ordered from least to most complex, which scaffolds instruction for all students in your class.
• Multiple-choice worksheets allow students to check a box next to each of the important elements. These can be used at the beginning of the unit with all students and continued for lower readers. Additionally, these offer great opportunities for test prep.
• Organizers guide students to select key elements.
Created by master teacher Brenda Kovich
, these activities are classroom-tested and kid-approved. It is also a part of the Summarizing Unit
, which includes this set, lesson plans, themed organizers, and a PowerPoint presentation.
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*Stories were adapted from The Aesop for Children, which was published in 1919 and is now in the public domain.
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I'm committed to continual improvement. This product was updated and enhanced on June 15, 2017.