I was working with one of our Special Ed teachers this week to support some of our students who need extra help in keeping track of what’s happening in a story. We came up with a mini-unit of study for them and a tool that they could carry forward into other books.
First, we decided to teach some strategies for recognizing when a scene changes.
One way readers know a scene change is happening is by noticing a change in the setting.
One way readers know a scene change is happening is by noticing when a new character enters.
One way readers know a scene change is happening is by noticing when a character leaves.
Then we created a tracker for the students.
Our teaching was that each time the scene changes, use one of the post it notes to record what happened in that scene. Then keep reading until the next scene change and do it again.
When the tracker is full, pull the post its out and store them in your Reader’s Notebook so that you have them to use for tasks your teacher might ask of you.