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Recapping a Chapter

This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings chapter summaries to life with comics and storyboards.

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When students complete the activities in this lesson plan, they will use the following comic layout types.

  • Mind Map
  • Storyboard
  • Poster

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This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings chapter summaries to life with comics and storyboards.
This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings chapter summaries to life with comics and storyboards.
This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings chapter summaries to life with comics and storyboards.

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Recapping a Chapter

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Teacher Guide

Recapping a Chapter

Step 1Class discussion with students

Getting Started

Students should understand that a chapter "recap" is not a detailed chapter summary of one to two paragraphs. A recap is a brief one to three sentence summary of the most important part of the chapter. The summarized chapter must fit in just one panel of the comic. As they read, students should create a recap for every chapter or every 2-5 chapters as the teacher instructs. Recaps can also be used to for nonfiction paragraph summaries.

Opening Discussion

Share the following with students:

  • Today, we will practice recapping a chapter.
  • A chapter recap is NOT a paragraph-long or multi-paragraph detailed summary.
  • A chapter recap does NOT include any analysis of literary devices, tone, theme, etc.
  • It is a brief, one to three sentence, summary of the most essential details.
  • A recap includes the main character conflicts, actions and events that are important to the main plot.
  • A recap can sometimes include character thoughts or motivations if they reveal a significant plot development.
  • The skills used to recap a fictional chapter in a book, can also be applied to recap a paragraph or section in a nonfiction text.
  • Each chapter recap must fit in just one comic panel.
  • As you read, you should recap every chapter immediately after you finish that chapter.
Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Mind Map
    How to Recap a Chapter

    Complete after opening discussion.

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  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    Recap 5 Chapters

    Complete after reading or class discussion.

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  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    Recap 5 Scenes in a Play

    Complete one panel after each scene.

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  • Extension / Modification
    Poster (Extension / Modification)

    After reading a novel together as a class, each student will create a Poster to recap their favorite chapter.

  • Extension / Modification
    Storyboard (Extension / Modification)

    If your favorite movie were a book, what would the "chapters" be? Create a Storyboard to recap each "chapter" of your favorite film.

Step 3Concluding discussion with students

Ask the following:

  • Why do you think it is important to know how to briefly recap a chapter?
  • How might chapter recaps aid reading comprehension and deeper analysis of symbolism, tone, theme, etc.?
  • How can you use chapter recaps to improve your post-reading essays, projects ad discussions?
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Pixton Activity: Recapping a Chapter 1 How to Recap a Chapter

Featured Layouts

  • Mind Map

Intro

Review how to recap a chapter:

  • A chapter recap is NOT a paragraph-long or multi-paragraph detailed summary.
  • A chapter recap does NOT include any analysis of literary devices, tone, theme, etc.
  • It is a brief, one to three sentence, summary of the most essential details.
  • A recap includes the main character conflicts, actions and events that are important to the main plot.
  • A recap can sometimes include character thoughts or motivations if they reveal a significant plot development.
  • The skills used to recap a fictional chapter in a book, can also be applied to recap a paragraph or section in a nonfiction text.
  • Each chapter recap must fit in just one comic panel.
  • As you read, you should recap every chapter immediately after you finish that chapter.

Instructions

Create a Mind Map that illustrates what to include and what NOT to include in a chapter recap:

  • Identify "Include" or "Don't Include" in the panel title.
  • Write a detailed description for each panel.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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Pixton Activity: Recapping a Chapter 2 Recap 5 Chapters

Featured Layouts

  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

Intro

Review how to recap a chapter:

  • A chapter recap is NOT a paragraph-long or multi-paragraph detailed summary.
  • A chapter recap does NOT include any analysis of literary devices, tone, theme, etc.
  • It is a brief, one to three sentence, summary of the most essential details.
  • A recap includes the main character conflicts, actions and events that are important to the main plot.
  • A recap can sometimes include character thoughts or motivations if they reveal a significant plot development.
  • The skills used to recap a fictional chapter in a book, can also be applied to recap a paragraph or section in a nonfiction text.
  • Each chapter recap must fit in just one comic panel.
  • As you read, you should recap every chapter immediately after you finish that chapter.

Instructions

Create a Mind Map or Storyboard to recap each chapter from a book you are currently reading:

  • Label the chapter number in the panel title.
  • Write a brief (1-3 sentence) description of one chapter in each panel.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.
  • Turn in at least five chapters/panels at a time.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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Pixton Activity: Recapping a Chapter 3 Recap 5 Scenes in a Play

Featured Layouts

  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

Intro

Review how to recap a chapter:

  • A chapter recap is NOT a paragraph-long or multi-paragraph detailed summary.
  • A chapter recap does NOT include any analysis of literary devices, tone, theme, etc.
  • It is a brief, one to three sentence, summary of the most essential details.
  • A recap includes the main character conflicts, actions and events that are important to the main plot.
  • A recap can sometimes include character thoughts or motivations if they reveal a significant plot development.
  • The skills used to recap a fictional chapter in a book, can also be applied to recap a paragraph or section in a nonfiction text.
  • Each chapter recap must fit in just one comic panel.
  • Since plays do not have chapters, recap each scene in the play.

Instructions

Create a Mind Map or Storyboard to recap each act from a play:

  • Label the act and scene number in the panel title.
  • Write a brief (1-3 sentence) description of one scene in each panel.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.
  • Create one panel after each scene.
  • Turn in at least five scene panels at a time.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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