Summarizing

Somebody Wanted But So

1. Model the strategy extensively before asking students to create their own charts. Explain the basic definitions for the categories depending on which variation of the chart you are using.


  • Somebody/Someone = main character or a group of people
  • Wanted/Because = main events or a group’s motivation
  • But = the conflict or problem
  • So = the resolution of the problem



2. Practice using a sample text where you provide students with the information for the Somebody/Someone column.

3. After practicing as a class, allow students to work independently.

4. Follow up the lesson by asking students to write summary paragraphs based on their charts.