This is for my 9-year-old.
I would like to challenge him a little more with his listening comprehension. There is a level (around Magic Tree House level) where he can listen and hear details, and he can answer questions that are like "are you listening" type questions, "what did the main character see?" stuff like that so I know he is paying attention and can understand what is going on.
But he is not connecting the stories overall when they are at this level. He can do it for shorter stories, and he can do it with books that have more pictures.
Anyway -- I don't want to ask him to do too much, I don't want to ask him too many questions, at this point. He is already working hard just to listen.
I have been googling a bit, and I do think I am going to try filling out a graphic organizer as I read to him, and going over it with him.
My question is ------- is there a best type to use?
The ones I am considering are:
Summary/sequence: First, then, next, last.
Story elements: characters, setting, problem, solution
Okay, I guess those are all I am considering that I think would work for fiction? For straight-forward non-fiction I would do "detail, detail, detail, main idea." He does these at school and I would just continue with these, but really I am more interested in reading him fiction at home.
I don't see doing compare/contrast at this point.
So how do you decide what type of graphic organizer is best to use for a specific story? Or does it matter, can I just do one or the other at random?