Have your student map out the story and fill in the following parts:
- Background knowledge (characters and setting)
- Rising Action
- Main Event/ Climax
- Falling Action
Some students may benefit from mapping these elements out on a picture of a mountain to help them better visualize the story.
If the student is getting lost in the details as they map out the story, then ask them how each detail relates to the problem, rising action, climax, and solution. If a detail does not clearly and easily relate to those elements, then it probably does not contain important information.
Deciphering and categorizing information while reading is a difficult challenge. However, learning how to read for context and find important information in a text are essential skills for students to develop to grow their reading comprehension skills and learn how to become active readers.