A chart to practice using the SWBST strategy to write a summary for a fictional piece of text.
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 piece of text rather than giving a detailed account. This 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)
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.
Common Core Curriculum alignment
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
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