Use this printable SWBST strategy graphic organizer with students to write a summary for a fictional piece of text.
Somebody – Wanted – But – So – Then – Summarizing Strategy
Do you have students who still give you a retell when you ask for a summary? Why not try the SWBST strategy with your students?
Summarizing is telling the main points of a text rather than giving a detailed account. This comprehension strategy will help your students sort through all of the details and get to the main point of the story. How, you might ask? By allowing them to focus on each literary element in the text.
- S = Somebody (main character)
- W = Wanted (motivation)
- B = But (conflict)
- S = So (event)
- T = Then (resolution)
S.W.B.S.T. = The Easiest Summary You’ve Ever Written!
Your students will answer the questions presented on the chart, then put the information together to compose a nice, concise summary for their text.
Why not slip this chart inside a dry-erase sleeve for each student in your reading group and have them practice using a dry-erase marker. This allows the chart to become a staple in your guided reading station without having to make a thousand copies!
This resource was created by Heather Chambers, a teacher/librarian in Texas and a Teach Starter Collaborator.