The best way to start planning a lesson is to start with the standard you want students to work toward. If you are working with the Common Core standards, for example, you could choose the standard for Grade 1, "RL.1.2 Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson." In this, you could choose a favorite story, read it aloud, and then ask students to retell the story to their classmates. You could encourage them to make up voices and wear costumes to increase their engagement. This will also allow you to complete a formative assessment on which students can retell a story, and which ones need instruction on the plot elements to determine the most important plot points. Starting with the standards at corestandards.org is a great way to begin instruction.
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