Teacher Stuff Friday Freebie: Plot Graphic Organizer

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Welcome back!  Today’s Friday Freebie is another Reading Response Gem!  This is one of my favorites!  In first grade,  out students focus all year on story plot.  We use Author Studies, Character Studies, and Genre Studies to mix things up and expose our kids to ALL kinds of texts, but this little organizer is one we can use for SO MANY things!! One thing I love, in particular is the open boxes, which allow for easy differentiation. Non-writers or writers who are hesitant can draw and/or write while writers of all stages can write without feeling constricted by lines. My kids are able to respond in their own way with confidence! I hope you and your kids enjoy it and get as much use out of it as we have!

To get your own copy of the Plot Graphic Organizer, click HERE!

As always, thanks for visiting and feel free to share for personal or classroom use.  Please do not use my files for commercial use.  I think we are all made better by sharing our ideas, just don’t try to make a profit off mine!!

Thanks again, come back soon!
– T

Teacher Stuff Friday Freebie: Retelling Graphic Organizer

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Sorry the Friday Freebie is a little late today!  This week has been a DOOZY!  LillyBug is sick and we’ve all been exhausted!! Yesterday, in particular, was so bad all I could do is laugh.  I’m pretty certain if I’d stopped laughing about it, I’d have just cried.  Start to finish, it was just terrible.  But today was much better and Lil got a day home with Daddy.  All will be well.

Today’s freebie is a retelling graphic organizer my kids LOVE!!  We have used this to focus on setting, to visualize stories in order and to just practice retelling stories.
Here are a few ideas:

– To focus on setting or visualization, use a story without pictures (our Treasures Read Aloud Anthology is great or this because there are stories with no pictures.)  Then, students use the organizer to draw what they think the setting looked like or what they visualize from the story.

– To just practice retelling, give students a word bank of names and important words from the story.  Students write the main events from the beginning, middle and end of the story.

– When my kids use this one, we talk about using all of each box, like a photograph, to tell the story.  Their pictures turn out really great usually!

To get you own copy of the organizer, click HERE!  As always, please feel free to share, print and copy for free classroom or personal use.  I think sharing ideas and resources makes us all better!

Thanks for visiting, have a GREAT weekend!!

-T