Today I will meet with book clubs to check on their progress with time lines and summary statements. Students reading the book Sweet Clara are finished reading the book. They have written a time line, and a SWBST (Somebody wanted but so then) summary sentence. Students are familiar with this structure. I have a lesson in Using Mentor texts titled "Social Issues" Interactive Read Aloud: An Angel for Solomon Singer that describes the "Somebody Wanted But So Then" strategy.
The students in this book club are ready to elaborate on their summary sentence to expand it into a multi-paragraph summary. They will elaborate important events that happened in the beginning of the story, in the middle of the story and in the end of the story. The final paragraph the students will explain why the story is important.
After reading their book Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt, and jotting notes students created a time line of important events. Using their time line as a resource, students wrote a Somebody Wanted But So Then summary sentence.
In this strategy group lesson, students read and listen to each other as they read their summary sentences. In the small group I am able to support the students by affirming what they have written and assure them it's o.k. if their summary sentences are a little bit different.
The SWBST sentence will be the introduction to a 4 or 5 paragraph summary of their book. In this group one student is just about finished with his summary. He has the intro, paragraphs two and three completed. He will add what happens at the end of the story and then an additional parpagraph telling why this story is important to us today.