Intended Age/Grade: My targeted Scrambled Schema Story task is for 5th Grade. This strategy works well for all age groups and content areas.
Purpose: Assesses how well readers can reconstruct the order of a story based on their innate understanding of story structure.
•The Tale of Despereaux book (For a different Scrambled Schema, a short story, storybook or textbook)
•Parts of the story typed onto regular 8.5 x 11-inch white paper and cute into story part strips.
•Envelope-for storing the typed story part strips
•A story board/poster board which the students would put the story strips on.
•Option: An oral retelling story scoring sheet based on the design of the story board to score each student’s response.
1) Based off the book The Tale of Despereaux, the students will be given major portions of the story which have been mixed. (On white strips)
2) This strategy could be done as a group, with a partner or alone.
3) The portions of the story are divided into components such as setting, problem, events and resolution. They will provide the reader sufficient clues about where the story parts are in the sequence and structure of the story. (Not taken word-for-word from the book, but paraphrased)
4) Scramble the story pieces and place them into a large envelope.
5) Hand the student(s) the envelope and ask them to reach each part of the story.
6) Next, have the student(s) put the pieces of the scrambled story in order on the story board.
7) Once completed, reread the story strips on the story board to check if the story makes sense.
Personal Response: The Scrambled Schema Story Task can be used as an activity or an assessment. I used this strategy as a post-reading activity. Since The Tale of Despereaux is divided into four books, you could do this activity after each book based off the characters, main events, setting and problems faced. Another idea is to have the students put the sentence strips in the correct “book” then arrange the order of events. The results from this analysis help teachers know whether to increase interactions about story parts during teacher interactive reading. Also, the activity helps build a better internal sense of story structure.