Summarizing a Fictional Long Passage

Contributor: Jessica Buch. Lesson ID: 10164

You may have learned to count on your fingers, but did you know you could tell a story on your fingers? There is Five Finger Retell technique that helps you summarize a story. Learn to "Give me five"!



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personality style
Grade Level
Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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Have you ever struggled to retell or summarize a story? Think "Give me five!" and it will help you retell any story you read! Curious about how this little phrase is going to help? Get the explanation here!

Think about a long story you might want to tell.

  • Were there many events or details in the story you would want to include?
  • Do you have a strategy that will help you retell the story and include the important details?

Retelling, or summarizing, a story is a good way to better remember and understand the story. It's also a good skill to have to tell your friends about your favorite books or movies!

First, review what summarize means. When you summarize, it means you retell the main parts of the story.

  • What are the main parts of the story?

For this lesson, you're going to look at five main parts of a story and then practice "Give me five!"

  1. Characters Who is the story about?

  1. Setting Where and when does the story take place?

  1. Problem Every story has a problem that needs to be solved.

  1. Events What happened in the beginning, middle, and end?

  1. Solution How was the problem solved? How did the story end?

  • Do you remember the parts of a story?

If you do, continue on to the Got It? section and get ready to "give me five!"

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