Literature Link: Summarizing Story Events


By Bette Bao Lord

Skill: summarizing story eventssummarizing booklet

Shirley Temple Wong and her mother leave their extended family in China to join her father in New York. Though it’s not easy for her, Shirley learns English, makes friends, and becomes a big fan of Brooklyn Dodgers baseball.

Have each child fold two sheets of unlined paper in half three times and staple them together in the center as shown. Have her personalize the cover and then list the chapter titles (the months of the year) on the pages so the booklet resembles a small calendar. After reading a chapter, guide each student to illustrate the chapter’s most important event and then use story details to summarize it on the matching page. After finishing the book, have the child use her summaries to summarize the story on her calendar’s remaining pages.


About Lucy Salerno

I have been a resident of Fairfield for over 25 years and have 30 years’ teaching experience in California K – 6 schools. I have been a music teacher, band and choral director, elementary teacher in grades K – 6, a district level technology coordinator teaching, and an elementary school administrator. In 2011, my most recent school, Scandia Elementary, on Travis Air Force Base, was awarded the California Distinguished School Award for work and programs implemented under my watch. Because of my broad educational background, I know and understand what is needed in today's difficult educational environment. I have taught writing to children in numerous grades as a core subject as well as integrating writing into other curricula areas. I retired a few years ago from the Travis Unified School District, I love working with children, and am now dedicating my services and skills in support of your children. Through love and patience, I hope to understand a child's needs, meet them where they are, build self-confidence and develop a life-long love of learning.
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