Students will be able to retell the beginning, middle, and end of a story read aloud to them.
Students will be able to retell a story verbally with key grade level words and phrases using pictures and graphic organizers for support
Tell the students a short fictional story such as, "There was a green caterpillar. The caterpillar lived in the forest and was very happy there. The caterpillar loved to eat leaves. One day, the caterpillar couldn't find any leaves to eat and was very hungry. He looked and looked. Then a bird flew over and told him that there was a tree with many leaves nearby. The caterpillar was very happy."
Ask the class to think about what happened in the beginning of the story, prompting them as needed by saying, "What happened first? Did the caterpillar feel sad because he was hungry?"
Write beginning/middle/end on the board and then under each word write one sentence and draw a simple picture to illustrate the sequence of the story.
Explain that a story is always told in a special order, the beginning/middle/end. Otherwise the story might be too confusing or wouldn't make sense.
Ask the students who the story is about.
Have the students turn and talk to a partner to finish the sentence stem, "The story is about ____."
Invite student pairs to share out their thinking by sharing aloud.
Say, "The person or people in a story are called the characters in the story. A character is usually an animal or person that a story is about."