When summarizing a story:
- Be sure to begin with the name and author of the story.
- Be sure to identify the main idea of the story.
- Be sure to retell in your own words how the plot unfolded, and include information on the main characters, conflict, setting, etc.
- Be sure to identify the theme of the story.
From John DePasquale, “Sensational Summarizing Stragies,” Scholastic Blog (2016)
Somebody Wanted, But So Then…
Sombody: Who is the Main Character describe setting, etc.)
Wanted: What did that character want? (describe rising action)
But: (What’s the conflict?)
So: (How was that conflict resolved? What happened at the climax?
Then: What happened during the falling action and resolution?