Tip: Three Apple Tree Summary
How do I do it?
To support language learners in summarizing fiction, fill out a Three Apple Tree Summary. After reading, either whole class, small group, or individually follow these steps: 1) Direct students to decide on the 3 most important parts of the story. You can help them with the sentence frame, “First ____, next ____, and last _____.” Write the three most important parts the story in the trunks of the apple tree graphic (See examples pictured.) 2) Ask students to give a few details about each tree that support the main idea in the trunk. Draw an apple in the tree top and label it with the detail. 3) Work together to create simple idea or lesson that ties the three trees together and list it in the roots below the tree. Ask student volunteers to describe the Three Apple Tree Summary in their own words, using the graphic as a reference tool.
Common Core Language Arts Reading Standard 2
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Common Core ELA Writing Standard 9
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
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