Use this lesson to help your ELs learn how to create a simple summary, paying attention to the sequence in a story. This lesson can stand alone or be used as a pre-lesson for the *Simple Summaries* lesson.
Students will be able to write a simple summary after reading a fiction text.
Students will be able to summarize a fiction text with transition words using a paragraph frame.
Facilitate a Think-Pair-Share by asking students to silently think about the important information to include when they retell a story. Have them turn and talk to a partner to share their answers. Then, call on students to share out their ideas with the class. Confirm and rephrase student answers as needed.
Explain that a good summary includes only the most important information, and it excludes the little details. A good summary of a fiction text would include: the main character, problem, solution. It would not include little details, nor would it give away the ending.
Share that today's lesson will focus on creating short and sweet summaries with transition words, which keep the ideas connected in the correct order.