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Six Useful Strategies

1. Structure Pyramid

Students draw a pyramid and answer the following in each level, starting from the top:

  • One word for the title
  • Two words to tell ‘when’ it happened
  • Three words to tell the ‘main characters’
  • Four words to describe the ‘setting’
  • Five words to describe ‘actions’ that happened in the story
  • Six words to express ‘emotions’
  • Seven words to identify an ‘instruction’ in the story
  • Eight words to tell the ‘key message’ of the story

2. Thinking Squares

A cross is drawn in the middle of the page in order to create four squares;

  • Square one: words, phrases, ideas
  • Square two: use pictures to show the meaning
  • Square three: how could it apply to the world today?
  • Square four: draw a symbol

3. Character Map

Provide students with a picture of the main characters in the story and ask them to write what each character might be thinking, feeling, saying and doing at a particular point in the story.

4. Please Explain

Students are provided with cards with words on them pertaining to a story. For example, sad, scared, mean, wise, wild, fair, healed and so on.

Students are to take turns with a partner and turn over a card, read the word and explain how the word relates to the story. For example, Mary felt scared when the angel appeared to her.

5. Reach the Target

Provide the students with an outcome or conclusion. The students are to come up with four statements that lead them to the outcome or conclusion which they write after the four statements.

6. Analysing a Story

Ask students to record the sounds, sights, smells, touch and tastes they associate with a story.

Have you used any of these strategies before?

What strategies have you seen work well?


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