Reflection: ELL Students The Boy Without a Birthday - Section 1: Mini-lesson


Summarizing a story based on main events can be practiced effectively by using a strategy of retelling across your fingers.  It is helpful to provide sentence stems with transition words to support ELL students and students with learning disabilities.  The level of elaboration students include in a retelling is a balancing act.  Some students never get through the story because they want to retell everything that happens in the story and other students have a hard time capturing the story in a retell because their words are so sparse.  In the coming weeks, I am going to conduct some action research in my class and learn more about what my students can do well and what they still are learning to do related to summarizing a story.  Right now I have asked the students to just focus on the events- the next steps will be to  go back and analyze the layers of complexity that arise when the story is summarized through a historical and emotional context.

  ELL Students: Demonstration of retell strategy
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The Boy Without a Birthday

Unit 7: Historical Fiction- Slavery and the Civil War
Lesson 5 of 15

Objective: SWBAT listen to a read aloud to summarize the sequence of main events in a story.

Big Idea: Summarize Across Pages of a Text!

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henry s freedom
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