Summarizing Fiction Texts

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Using the 5 W's
Using the 5 W's
Lesson Plan
Using the 5 W's
This lesson will provide your ELs with support as they learn about nouns and practice retelling a story with a 5 W's graphic organizer. This lesson can be used as a stand alone activity or a support lesson.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Main Ideas and Details
Main Ideas and Details
Lesson Plan
Main Ideas and Details
Take your students to a magical place by having them read stories such as "The Ugly Duckling" and "Rumpelstiltskin." They can read these magical stories and figure out the main idea and details in them!
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
I Can Retell a Story!
I Can Retell a Story!
Worksheet
I Can Retell a Story!
Use this worksheet as a way for students to practice retelling a familiar story using their own words and images.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Story Elements Map
Story Elements Map
Worksheet
Story Elements Map
This story map will help organize students' retelling of stories while reinforcing the concepts of sequencing, main idea, character traits, and setting.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
The Five Little Pigs
The Five Little Pigs
Worksheet
The Five Little Pigs
Read this well-loved poem, then answer a few reading comprehension questions.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Fairy Tale Story Map
Fairy Tale Story Map
Worksheet
Fairy Tale Story Map
Use this fairy tale story map to follow the details of your child's favorite stories and strengthen his reading skills.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
The Three Little Pigs: Story Sequencing
The Three Little Pigs: Story Sequencing
Lesson Plan
The Three Little Pigs: Story Sequencing
Story sequencing is a fundamental reading comprehension skill that helps students better understand texts. In this lesson, your class will read "The Three Little Pigs" and identify the beginning, middle, and end of the story.
Preschool
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Retell It
Retell It
Worksheet
Retell It
Kids recall important details from a story in this listening comprehension worksheet.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Draw Beginning, Middle, and End
Draw Beginning, Middle, and End
Lesson Plan
Draw Beginning, Middle, and End
In this lesson, students will retell stories by drawing and talking about what happens at the beginning, middle, and end. This lesson can be used alone or with the Goldilocks and Beginning, Middle, and End lesson plan.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Short E 1
Short E 1
Guided Lesson
Short E 1
Vowels make more than one sound! Recognizing letters is a crucial skill for early readers. Recognizing the sounds they make is the next step. Help your child become a fluent reader and speaker with this short E lesson.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Guided Lesson
Fiction Summaries:  Somebody-Wanted-But-So-Then
Fiction Summaries: Somebody-Wanted-But-So-Then
Worksheet
Fiction Summaries: Somebody-Wanted-But-So-Then
Students will use the Somebody-Wanted-But-So-Then strategy of writing fiction summaries with these reading passages.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
The Starfish
The Starfish
Worksheet
The Starfish
This ocean-themed worksheet helps students with their reading comprehension skills as they figure out the order in which the story goes.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Put Me in the Zoo
Put Me in the Zoo
Lesson Plan
Put Me in the Zoo
This literature-based lesson teaches students about answering key questions and understanding a character's point of view. It'll have young readers roaring, thumping, and having tons of fun as they imitate story characters.
Preschool
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Beginning, Middle, and End Mix Up
Beginning, Middle, and End Mix Up
Lesson Plan
Beginning, Middle, and End Mix Up
In this lesson, students get practice with finding the beginning, middle, and end of the story. Have your students help you fix a mixed up story while they learn the parts of a story.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Hot Cross Buns: Read to Remember
Hot Cross Buns: Read to Remember
Worksheet
Hot Cross Buns: Read to Remember
After reading a short story, your students will practice writing a simple summary.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Be a Text Detective
Be a Text Detective
Workbook
Be a Text Detective
Take reading a piece and a clue at a time to help your child improve his reading skills. Ask and answer questions like who, what, where, when and why, about details, key info and using text evidence.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
The Hare and the Tortoise
The Hare and the Tortoise
Worksheet
The Hare and the Tortoise
In Aesop's classic fable, a tortoise and a hare race — but the winner may surprise you!
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Draw What Happened
Draw What Happened
Worksheet
Draw What Happened
Have your kindergarten students retell the story with pictures. This is a great activity to promote reading comprehension!
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Sticky Reading Comprehension
Sticky Reading Comprehension
Lesson Plan
Sticky Reading Comprehension
Sometimes students struggle with comprehension, and it can be difficult to pinpoint where the breakdown occurs. Help your students make visual summaries on sticky notes in this lesson!
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
The Paper Bag Princess
The Paper Bag Princess
Lesson Plan
The Paper Bag Princess
In this lesson, students will practice listening comprehension skills after reading “The Paper Bag Princess” together as a class. Afterward, students will role-play, make inferences, and use summarization to strengthen literacy skills.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Three Little Pigs Story Map
Three Little Pigs Story Map
Worksheet
Three Little Pigs Story Map
Help your child comprehend his reading better by using this graphic organizer. Help him fill out the story map for The Three Little Pigs.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Increasing Reading Stamina and Comprehension
Increasing Reading Stamina and Comprehension
Lesson Plan
Increasing Reading Stamina and Comprehension
This lesson provides teachers with an opportunity to teach students about reading stamina and assess student comprehension during independent reading.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
The Three Little Pigs Finger Puppets Play
The Three Little Pigs Finger Puppets Play
Lesson Plan
The Three Little Pigs Finger Puppets Play
Help improve your class' reading comprehension and language development with this lesson that has them retell a familiar story in groups.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Retelling Folktales and Fables
Retelling Folktales and Fables
Worksheet
Retelling Folktales and Fables
After reading a fable or folktale, students will use this cute graphic organizer to record the most important things that happened in the beginning, middle, and end. Then they'll try their hand at identifying the moral of the story.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Story Flipbook
Story Flipbook
Worksheet
Story Flipbook
Flip through a story flipbook with your child, a great way to teach about beginning, middle and end.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Worksheet

Summarizing Fiction Texts

These resources will help your child by identifying the relevant information in fiction texts and using that information to summarize the story as a whole. These skills improve your child's reading comprehension and prepare them for research papers later on. Get them started on non-fiction text with these non-fiction text resources too.

The Sum of Its Parts: Summarization Resources

A concise summary of works of fiction and other reading materials signal that a student fully understands the what they've read. Learning to summarize strengthens comprehension and improves thinking skills. The Learning Library offers popular worksheets, extensive lesson plans, pragmatic hands-on activities and a selection of highly-rated printable workbooks all created by professional teachers.

An added bonus of summarization practice is that the process introduces children to new topics through reading. For example, some of the complete lesson plans include a look at Francis Scott Key’s “Star Spangled Banner.” Kids will dissect the lyrics and learn the context the song’s history to uncover the meaning behind the patriotic anthem. Some other popular lesson plans on summary include an examination of “Bud, Not Buddy,” a book on the Great Depression. Convenient printable worksheets offer practical paraphrasing challenges as well as teach kids the difference between the big picture and smaller themes.

Workbooks offer more exhaustive lessons. Today, excellent cinema and in-depth dramatic television series display exceptional forms of storytelling. They challenge viewers to perceive and interpret context clues, symbols, camera angles, and other film techniques. “The Magic and Moving Pictures” workbook introduces fifth-graders to early film. The tricky trivia, mind-bending puzzles, craft-making assignments serve as an introduction to critique and will get young learners’ gears turning as they look beyond the surface of what’s on screen. Other comprehensive workbooks include an investigation of Rudyard Kipling’s famous folktales (“The Jungle Book”), a look at legendary myths such as Bigfoot and Nessie with “Creepy Creatures,” among other crowd-pleasers.