• Story Prediction

    Readers use their background knowledge, along with story details and clues, to make predictions about what they think will happen next in a story. This gives students a reason to listen or read as they confirm or reject their predictions.

    Story Sequence

    This graphic organizer helps identify the components of a story- the beginning, middle, and end. It also helps readers retell important events within a story in the order in which they occur. 

    KWL Chart

    This graphic organizer is designed to help students map out what they already "know", what they "want" to know, and what they "learn" about a particular topic. 

    Venn Diagram

    This graphic organizer helps compare the relationship between two objects, making it easy to identify similarities and differences. 

    Main Idea & Details

    The main idea is the most important thought about the topic- the big idea. The main idea is usually located in the first sentence. The author then uses the rest of the paragraph to support the main idea with details. One of the best ways to determine the main idea is to identify things that are not the main idea. Ask yourself: "Is this what the story is mostly about or is this just a small part or little detail that supports the big idea?"