What an Adventure!

by: Natalie Wingard
Reading to Learn
Rationale: The goal of young reading is being able to comprehend and grasp what has been read. The mail goal is to understand what it means to comprehend.  This lesson will help teach children how to understand and comprehend a story through summarization.

Materials: Paper, pencils, a copy of the book Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak for each student , a copy of Spider and the Fly(or whatever book the children enjoy) some sort of board that all of the children can see.

 1.( Introduce the lesson by explaining to the young reader that understanding what is being read is very and how important it is.) While we read books, we should be able to comprehend enough information so we can give a summary. A summary is when you absorb a lot of information, but you combine that information into a short paragraph. In most cases the summary will contain the main points of the story read.
2. I will give you guys an example. I am going to read the Spider and the Fly. After reading this book I will give you a summary, but I will need your help in picking out what you guys remembered. A big part of a summary is that it is in order of how the story goes.
3. Did you guys enjoy this story? We will start with the first few pages. And think real hard about the main characters and what they do in the story. What does one character do to another? Good job, boys and girls!
 2. I want to see how each of you can write a summary and if you are able to grasp another story individually. To do this, I want each of you to take a copy of the book Where the Wild Things Are. As you read this book be thinking of what the main point of the story is going to be.
3. (I am first going to introduce the book to grab their attention.) Boys and girls Where the Wild Things Are is about a little boy who acts up and does not mind. He wishes to go far, far away he travels days, weeks, and years. He arrives at a mysterious island and sees really big monsters, but you will have to read and find out what they do with him.
 3. Since we are finished, I will start you guys out with how to pick out the main points. I will start with the first few pages and I want you to help me pick out what you remember out of those pages that sound important to the story. Remember when you summarize a book you should be able to read your summary to another person to have them understand what the book was about. I would like for you to take out your paper and pencils and write down what you think is the main point of the book. When you finish that, then I want you to write down any other ideas you think are important from the book.
 4. I will be collecting these so think very carefully about what you think is important. Remember, we only want the main point and a few other important ideas.
 5. (For assessment, the teacher will read each child's summary to see if they have comprehended the main points. There will be a sample answer or some sort of checklist of the main points to compare to the students answers)

Reference: Sendak, Maurice. Where the Wild Things Are.
                  Diterlizzi, Tony. The Spider and the Fly.
Breakthroughs: Amy Cowhick, Wild Things!- 2001

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