Hook- Tell your students that today you are going to turn a story into a puzzle.
1. Then take a pair of scissors and cut the story into three pieces. What you are doing is getting your students attention as well as teaching them that most narrative texts (stories) can be dissected or taking apart to make three sections a beginning, middle and an end. Then, read the pieces and put them together as a class. Explain to your class that a narrative, nonfiction texts are written by an author to entertain, to tell a story and follow a sequence.
2. Sort -The Giant Carrot pieces by writing Beginning, Middle and End on board or Chart paper. As you read the possibilities have children talk to each other and question the Text. Sort the 3 pieces into the three categories and remind students that narrative text follows a sequence Beginning, Middle and End.
3. Talk about Clue words with your students. What happened First, Next, Then what happened? After this...
And last… At the end of the story…
When you put the story together put the story together by retelling using clue words.
Firs,t the farmer planted a garden in rows with lots of carrot.
Then, the farmer noticed a huge carrot. He tried to pull the carrot out of the ground but he could not.
At last, the farmer had plenty of help, his wife, the cat and a mouse pulled the giant carrot from the ground.
4. When you have talked about sequence have your student chorally retell the story with you.
In the beginning- the farmer planted a garden with carrots.
In the middle of the story- The farmer found a huge carrot. He tried to pull up the carrot but could not.
In the end of the story – The farmer had plenty of help and the carrot came out.
Formative assessment ideas- listen as they retell each other as partners: Beginning, Middle and End or for lower learners, you say the beginning of the story and have the students tell their partner the middle and the end of the story. Walk around and listen to your students.
5. Set a Purpose for Reading- Tell your students that they are going to read a story and look/ listen for sequence words to help them sequence the story into beginning, middle and end. Remind students that a story can be broken into three parts: Beginning, middle and end. Tell your students to listen for key words like:
Once upon a time, next, then, the next day, at last
If you think you need more practice have students
Have your students sort these transitional words into beginning middle and end.
Say these words and have your students hold 1 finger for Beginning, 2 for middle and 3 for ending
6. Read Together the Three Billy Goats Gruff. Before you read remind the students their purpose is to look for words that sequence story. Have your students give a thumbs up when they hear them or put their finger on the words in text.
Formative Assessment- Have students retell story by drawing and writing answers in the attached three box comic strip or using the Comic Creator by ReadWriteThink.