July 9, 2015
By Ginger Bruster

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Do you need extra help for EL students? Try the Using the 5 W'sPre-lesson.
EL Adjustments
Do you need extra help for EL students? Try the Using the 5 W'sPre-lesson.

Students will be able to retell a story and demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments
(10 minutes)
  • Draw a star on the board. In each of the star's five corners, write the following words: who, what, where, when, why (5 W's).
  • Next to the star, write the 5 W's again so students can read them better.
  • Choral read the 5 W's aloud as a whole group.
  • Explain to the students that today they will be able to choose and read a choice story and use the 5 W's to figure out what is happening in the story.
  • Help students choose a book at their reading level.
(5 minutes)
  • Explain to the students that they will be reading their story out loud to a teacher and then they will be retelling the story in their own words and asking and answering some questions about the story.
  • Ask students if they have any questions.
(5 minutes)

Have students partner up and practise reading to each other while you are working with other students.

(15 minutes)
  • Take turns listening to each child read. After they have read the story, put students in A/B partnerships.
  • Explain to the students that first, Partner A will ask Partner B questions about the story they read and Partner B will answer the questions to the best of their ability (e.g. What happened in the story? Who were the characters? Where did the story take place? What was your favorite part of the story? Why? What was your least favorite part of the story? Why?)When partner B has finished answering the questions, the partners will switch roles (Partner B asks Partner A questions about the story).
  • Provide students with the Star Graphic Organizer worksheet if necessary to support them in asking their partners questions, or write the questions on the whiteboard for students to refer to.

Enrichment:Students can write down their answers to the guided questions or choose more than one story to read.

Support:Students may have a story read out loud to them, or they may buddy up with another student to help them with the reading.

(10 minutes)

Use the Formative Assessment: Fictional Text Retell Checklist to assess student's understanding of the story.

(10 minutes)
  • Encourage students to share and talk about their book in front of the class.
    • Remind students that by asking and answering questions about key details in a text using the 5 W's, they will understand what they read better!

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