MODEL

Literacy 4-6

Systems Change

Overview

Providing a story map ahead of time or having students create a map during or after reading helps learners understand and expand their Genre Knowledge. A story map visually highlights and organizes important elements of a text to support deeper reading comprehension.

Use It in the Classroom

At 3:40, watch how these sixth grade teachers introduce the story map and how it can support comprehending and remembering the story. The teachers orient the students to the important details of the story like characters, setting, problem, and solution.

  • Teachers can model a story map by previewing aspects of a text, such as setting and characters, to help activate students' Background Knowledge. When students then complete their own story maps during and/or after reading, they can visually organize the story concepts to better retain them in their Short- and Long-term Memories.
  • Design It into Your Product

    Videos are chosen as examples of strategies in action. These choices are not endorsements of the products or evidence of use of research to develop the feature.

    At 3:50, see how a digital product, such as Kidspiration, can allow learners to create complex story maps to visualize and enhance their learning. Through the creation process, learners sort and organize information from a text into meaning with a dynamic graphic organizer.

  • Providing flexible, adaptable story maps within a product allows learners to organize and digest the texts they read. This also relieves some of the cognitive load from Working Memory so readers can focus on comprehension.