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Grandma Bird Story Wheel
Identifying key narrative events as a basis for retelling a story.
Lesson from Grandma Bird series
Required reading: Whole book
- Narrative features: Plot: circular structure
- Comprehension: Summarising
The ability to summarise is essential as it shows that pupils can discern the most important elements in a story. Furthermore, the process of summarising improves memory. A story wheel is used in this lesson as it illustrates the circular nature of a home-away-home (also known as voyage-return) story.
- Copies of the Story Wheel, enough for one between two.
Begin by distributing copies of the Story Wheel to pairs of children.
Explain that each section can be used to show a key part of the story.
It can be interesting to ask children to complete the Story Wheel independently as this allows you to assess their ability to choose the most critical parts of the story.
Alternatively, you can build understanding by completing this as a whole class or in groups. If children need more support, you could give them a list of events form which to select the most relevant. Possible events:
- Noi arrives at Grandma’s island
- Noi is bored and creeps out
- Noi plays on the beach
- Noi hides from the storm and finds the bird
- Grandma rescues Noi and the bird
- Noi returns home with Grandma Bird
How did you choose which events to put in the Story Wheel and which to leave out?
- Did you all agree on the beginning?
- Did you all agree on the ending?
- Are there any differences between your story wheels?
Use this Story Wheel graphic organiser to summarise the plot of this home-away-home story.