This lesson helps students summarize fictional stories using sequence words. Students will have a chance to practice distinguishing the different parts of a story in this lesson, which can be taught as a precursor to Storyboard Superstars.
Students will be able to identify the beginning, middle, and end of fictional texts.
Students will be able to write a summary of a fictional text with sequence words using a paragraph frame.
Read the language objective aloud and ask students to reread it to a table partner. Emphasize that students will be identifying the beginning, middle, and end of stories in order to summarize them with sequence words.
Show students the "Pigeons" video on a computer or tablet and projector. If it is helpful, narrate the story aloud for your learners.
Tell students that if you were to summarize the story, you would say, "In the beginning, three chicks in their nest are hungry. Then, they see a cupcake but can't reach it. So they try lots of different ways to get it. Eventually, they give up. In the end, the mother pigeon gives them a worm, but they are mad because they really wanted the cupcake." (Note: you can also write this summary on the board.)
Circle or identify the sequence words ("in the beginning," "then," "so," "eventually," "in the end"), and inform students that these words help to organize the summary.