Reflection: Connection to Prior Knowledge Analyzing Plot and Sequencing and Summarizing the Major Events - Section 2: Beginning Middle and End - Guided Practice


When I wanted my students to summarize the major events in the beginning of the story, they had a really hard time at first.  You can see in this video here that the first two little girls didn't even know what to discuss at first.  I did like how one of the little girls went and referred back to her packet to help herself out.  The next little boy in the video was trying to describe some of the complex language from the text, yet he was struggling to really tell me the important events. 

     Seeing that my students were struggling, I reminded them about the structure of a fictional story.  I told my students that in the beginning of a fictional story, the characters are introduced, the setting is established and we begin to see some of the important events in the story.  Once my students were reminded of this, it was off to the races!  Sometimes as a teacher, you just need to back up and make a simple change, such as reminding your students of structure and the lesson gets back on track quickly.

  When Students Aren't Aware of Structure
  Connection to Prior Knowledge: When Students Aren't Aware of Structure
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Analyzing Plot and Sequencing and Summarizing the Major Events

Unit 21: A First Grade Reading Comprehension Unit on "Owl Moon"
Lesson 5 of 6

Objective: SWBAT retell the story by describing the characters, setting, and major events using key details.

Big Idea: Today we will discuss the plot by recording what happens in the beginning, middle, and end of the story and sequencing and summarizing the major events in the story.

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English / Language Arts, cause / effect context clue, Reading Comprehension, plot, Sequencing Events, relationship, storytelling
  50 minutes
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