Effective Ways to Scaffold Thinking

A final tool, well known to teachers, is a plot chart, to track events and conflicts that go on throughout a text. From my early days as a high school English teacher to students who struggled with reading comprehension for a variety of reasons, I appreciate the version (below) that is listed on Read Write Think:


I like how straightforward it is, while also capturing all of the essential elements of a literary text.

Why I recommend it for students on the autism spectrum is because it sets them up for success in both identifying key elements in a book’s plot, and also drawing a connection between all of these points to determine the theme of a text.

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