This week, the students read the leveled book Flying Kites.
The focus this week was on summarizing the story by thinking about the beginning, middle, and end of a book.
We discussed how setting and characters usually show up in the beginning of the book. We observed how the main problem often arrives in the middle, and we learned that the main problem is usually solved in the end of a story. The traditional plot hill is a useful visual for showing this typical story structure.
Students used the 'check for understanding' strategy to help guide them in their summaries of each section. This means that the students answered the questions who? and what? for each section.
I encourage the students to practice these strategies with other fiction stories that they are reading independently.