Thursday, September 19, 2013

What's important about fiction? The Year of the Pocket Chart!

To help kids process a text, now that they had some of the language they needed to think about fiction, we used a pocket chart.
Last year was kind of the year of the pocket chart. I found so many more uses for it than I ever used in my actual classroom!
We started out with the five basic things we wanted kids to identify in order to basically comprehend a fictional piece (this included literary nonfiction and drama, as well!)



First, we had the kids make predictions about each element on a sentence strip. Then we stuck them in the pockets!

After that, as we read, we re-read our prediction strips and altered them, if necessary. 

At the end, we taped them all together and had a nice, brief summary of the fiction story!

We also used this simple (and goofy) graphic organizer for kids to fill out while reading.


It was basic enough that kids were able to recreate it as they read a fictional piece! And you know what, they actually did use it on their Test. My babies. 

We also use Freytag's Pyramid for fiction, but we needed our kids to have a simple anchor to hold on to before we complicated things too much.

How do you support fiction text structure?

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