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Summarizing Fiction Texts
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Simple Summaries
Simple Summaries
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Simple Summaries
Keep it simple! Teach your students to write a summary using the Somebody-Wanted-But-So-Then frame for analyzing a story.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Who, When, What, Where, Why, and How?
Who, When, What, Where, Why, and How?
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Who, When, What, Where, Why, and How?
Do you have students who are constantly asking what, who, where, why, how, and when? It's your turn to ask now! Have them read various stories and ask them to answer these questions in this lesson.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Read and Retell a Classic Story
Read and Retell a Classic Story
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Read and Retell a Classic Story
Your students will enjoy reading the classic story “The Ugly Duckling,” written about a very lovable duck! This reading lesson also includes a fun partner activity to help your students practice comprehension.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Setting, Characters, and Events in Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Setting, Characters, and Events in Goldilocks and the Three Bears
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Setting, Characters, and Events in Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Your kids will love learning about setting, characters and events as they listen to a classic tale and play a simple game. This lesson helps students improve their reading comprehension skills while they have fun.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
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Using the 5 W's
Using the 5 W's
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Using the 5 W's
This lesson will provide your ELs with support as they learn about nouns and practice retelling a story with a 5 W's graphic organizer. This lesson can be used as a stand alone activity or a support lesson.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Draw Beginning, Middle, and End
Draw Beginning, Middle, and End
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Draw Beginning, Middle, and End
In this lesson, students will retell stories by drawing and talking about what happens at the beginning, middle, and end. This lesson can be used alone or with the Goldilocks and Beginning, Middle, and End lesson plan.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Retelling a Fiction Story
Retelling a Fiction Story
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Retelling a Fiction Story
This lesson is a great introductory or review lesson to teach your ELs about the elements of a story. Can be used as a stand alone lesson or a pre-lesson.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
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Goldilocks and the Beginning, Middle, and End
Goldilocks and the Beginning, Middle, and End
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Goldilocks and the Beginning, Middle, and End
Let your class act out! Students will reenact Goldilocks and the Three Bears while learning about narratives and story plots.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
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A Simple Summary
A Simple Summary
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A Simple Summary
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.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Elements of Fairy Tales
Elements of Fairy Tales
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Elements of Fairy Tales
Use this lesson to help students identify the elements of a fictional text while gaining more knowledge about parts of speech. Use as a stand alone activity or a support lesson for Fairy Tales: Identifying Story Elements.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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A Rainbow of Feelings
A Rainbow of Feelings
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A Rainbow of Feelings
In this fun hands-on lesson plan, your ELs will love practicing retelling a story while learning all about feeling words. Can be used as a stand-alone or support lesson for the **Rainbow Fish** lesson plan.
Preschool
Reading & Writing
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Learn Story Elements
Learn Story Elements
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Learn Story Elements
Through this lesson, your students will use academic vocabulary to discuss character traits, author's purpose, and the sequence of events in a story.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Main Ideas and Details
Main Ideas and Details
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Main Ideas and Details
Take your students to a magical place by having them read stories such as "The Ugly Duckling" and "Rumpelstiltskin." They can read these magical stories and figure out the main idea and details in them!
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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The Not-So-Great Depression: Bud, Not Buddy
The Not-So-Great Depression: Bud, Not Buddy
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The Not-So-Great Depression: Bud, Not Buddy
A lesson about the Great Depression doesn't have to depress your students! They will enjoy building background knowledge for *Bud, Not Buddy* with great interactive and cooperative learning tasks.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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The Paper Bag Princess
The Paper Bag Princess
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The Paper Bag Princess
In this lesson, students will practice listening comprehension skills after reading “The Paper Bag Princess” together as a class. Afterward, students will role-play, make inferences, and use summarization to strengthen literacy skills.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Your Day: Story Sequencing
Your Day: Story Sequencing
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Your Day: Story Sequencing
Get your preschoolers ready for reading by practicing story sequencing. Testing their knowledge of how things are ordered will help them improve their reading comprehension skills.
Preschool
Reading & Writing
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Three Times a Charm! Close Reading with Annotations
Three Times a Charm! Close Reading with Annotations
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Three Times a Charm! Close Reading with Annotations
In fifth grade, students are expected to analyze complex texts on a deeper level. Teach your students to use close reading strategies, like rereading and annotation symbols, to dive deeper into fictional texts.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Increasing Reading Stamina and Comprehension
Increasing Reading Stamina and Comprehension
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Increasing Reading Stamina and Comprehension
This lesson provides teachers with an opportunity to teach students about reading stamina and assess student comprehension during independent reading.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Sticky Reading Comprehension
Sticky Reading Comprehension
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Sticky Reading Comprehension
Sometimes students struggle with comprehension, and it can be difficult to pinpoint where the breakdown occurs. Help your students make visual summaries on sticky notes in this lesson!
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Is It Little Red?
Is It Little Red?
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Is It Little Red?
In this fun retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, preschool students will get lots of practice learning about the sequence of a story! This can be used as a stand alone or support lesson for the **Yummy Bear Family** lesson plan.
Preschool
Reading & Writing
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Jack and Jill: Letters and Pictures
Jack and Jill: Letters and Pictures
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Jack and Jill: Letters and Pictures
Who where those two kids who went up that hill again? This lesson plan includes role playing with a familiar nursery rhyme.
Preschool
Reading & Writing
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All About Sequencing
All About Sequencing
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All About Sequencing
In this exciting mini lesson, students will have a great time as they learn all about story sequencing and practice retelling a story! This can be a stand alone or support lesson for your English Language Learners.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
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Basic Fiction Summaries
Basic Fiction Summaries
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Basic Fiction Summaries
This lesson gives students a structure to help them summarize fiction texts. When they are skilled at summarizing, they will be more capable of exploring various fiction genres. Use it as a precursor to Fiction Genres Library Exploration.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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What Happened?
What Happened?
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What Happened?
Help your students' story telling abilities grow with this lesson that helps them recount what happened in a story and has them point out key details.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Sharing Ideas with a Friend
Sharing Ideas with a Friend
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Sharing Ideas with a Friend
In this fun lesson all about sharing ideas, students will get an overview of partnership rules, and time to practice working with a partner. This can be used as a stand alone or pre-lesson for the **Me and My Partner** lesson plan.
Preschool
Reading & Writing
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