This strategy is for reading a novel, particularly any in which you want to focus on the past tense. (It can very easily fit the present tense, but I wrote the directions with a focus on the past.) I use it with the last three chapters of a novel. I have 80 minute class periods, and I do this activity over the course of two class periods--it takes up ¾ of the first period and ½ of the second.
1. Reading: Students will read the final three chapters of the book
2. Writing: Practice with the past tenses.
3. Comprehension/Recall: being familiar enough with the story to know what has already happened and, therefore, what is logical for the end of the story
4. Summarizing: Students will pick out the main events for each chapter