Lesson Plan

Story Elements -Retelling

To improve reading comprehension focusing on story elements the students will use a graphic organizer to aid in retelling the story.
Jessica O.
Special Education Instructor
Sumner Avenue
Springfield, MA
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My Grades 2, 3
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies

Students will be able to... Knowledge: The students will learn to retell a story using story elements to improve their comprehension of the story. Skills: Students will be able to identify the problem, solution, setting and the characters of the story. Students will use the basic story elements to help them retell the story.

English Language Arts
Grades K - 3
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1 Hook.Attention Getter

Activity: Other — Observing

Show an active animation of Goldilocks on the smartboard and invite the students to the carpet with their special reading pillows. The teacher will ask the students to give a thumbs up if they are ready to be super duper listeners.

Student Instructions

The students will view the image of the book "Goldilocks" on the smart board. Once they are settled in they will give the teacher a thumbs up that they are ready to listen to the story.

2 Guided Practice

2. Begin reading “Goldilocks” by Ruth Sanderson. Place visuals for the story in front of the three students that need them to follow. Have paraprofessional sit with them. After each page circulate around the circle to give all the students a visual representation of what was just Ask them if they notice what is happening in the photos. After each page ask interactive questions about the story elements and allow whole group discussions. For the students that use the visuals ask them to touch certain images (character) Point to the word Character on the anchor chart and ask the students if they can tell you who the main character is of the story. Once the answer the question tape a picture of the character up on the anchor chart where it says character Continue this throughout the story for all the story elements that are on the anchor chart.

Student Instructions

The students will be active listeners andparticpants of the story. They will be able to visually see the story that is being read to them and answer questions be asked.

The students that are not able to verbally answer can physically touch the image on the visuals that are placed in front of them.

3 Independent Practice

The teacher will rotate to each group to check-in for understanding. The teacher will ask questions to assess the comprehension of the student.

Student Instructions

Group One-The students will fill out a graphic organizer that has the words characters, setting, beginning, middle, end, problem and solution on it. They will be given pictures with words on them in which they will then glue them in the proper spaces. Group Two-Using a teacher created sheet They will cut out different events from the story and put them in order from beginning, middle, and end. They will then glue the events onto their graphic organizer. The students will then take the same graphic organizer form and write and draw the character, setting, problem and solution. Group Three- They will fill out the graphic organizer by using complete sentences to describe the basic story elements. They will also show depth in understanding by answering inferencing questions if they were the main character.

4 Closure

Activity: Assessing
  • The teacher will rotate to each group and assess the students work.
  • The teacher will invite the students to come to the carpet to turn and talk.
  • The teacher will facilitate the carpet discussions.


Student Instructions
  • The students will continue work on their graphic organizers until they are finished.
  • The students will then come to the carpet and turn in talk with their partners.
  • During turn and talk the students will share their graphic organizers.
  • They will finish on the carpet with a whole group discussion