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How Coyote Stole Fire

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The burning stick landed on Wood and Wood swallowed it up. Literary DeviceThe fire got trapped inside of Wood and glowed like a furnace. Literary DeviceThe Fire Beings circled around Wood, begging him to give the fire back. Wood ignored them. They struggled to get their fire back. They tried banging Wood on the ground and throwing him in the air, but Wood refused to give up the fire. The Fire Beings were defeated and slowly trudged back up the mountain.

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The animals gathered around Wood, wondering how they were going to convince Wood to give up his fire. Clever Coyote knew how to get fire out of Wood. Literary DeviceHe took Wood to the village, and showed the Humans how to make fire by rubbing Wood against another stick.

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From then on, the Humans had fire in all four seasons. They could warm their homes and cook their food. The Humans appreciated Coyote's help because now they were safe during the deadly freezing winter.Stop and Think!

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Many humans died from a cold winter without fire.

Coyote wants to help the humans and devises a plan to steal fire from the Fire Beings on the mountaintop.

Chipmunk and Robin help Coyote, but Robin drops the fire.

Wood swallows fire up, and refuses to give it back to the Fire Beings.

Coyote knows how to get fire out of Wood, and he saves the Humans.

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Monty's Thoughts

In my summary, I included each key event in the folktale. I went back and looked at all of the pictures to help me remember, I wrote down the events added a concluding sentence.



Monty's Response

This folktale tells the story of a wily coyote who teamed up with a robin and a chipmunk to steal fire for humans who were freezing. The story explains how robin got his red breast and how chipmunk got his stripes from carrying a burning stick. Coyote teaches the humans to rub two sticks together to get fire and survive the winter.

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Hali's Thoughts

I imagined I was writing a short movie review to create my summary. I 'stepped back' and visualized a movie of this chapter, and it helped me see what things were really the most important.

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Pedro's Self Check

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Captures the main ideas and key information.

Has the right amount of detail (not too much, not too little).

Combines several ideas or facts into one statement.

Paraphrases, or explains in your own words.

Includes information from text and images.

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Monty's Thoughts

In my summary, I included each key event in the folktale. I went back and looked at all of the pictures to help me remember, I wrote down the events added a concluding sentence.

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Hali's Thoughts

I imagined I was writing a short movie review to create my summary. I 'stepped back' and visualized a movie of this chapter, and it helped me see what things were really the most important.

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Pedro's Self Check

To check your summary, ask yourself if your summary—

Captures the main ideas and key information.

Has the right amount of detail (not too much, not too little).

Combines several ideas or facts into one statement.

Paraphrases, or explains in your own words.

Includes information from text and images.

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Monty's Thoughts

When I approach the end of a story, I like to summarize. This helps me review what I know about the story and what questions I might have to discuss with a friend or teacher.

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Hali's Thoughts

One of my favorite reading strategies is visualizing. Sometimes I close my eyes and imagine the story, other times I like to draw what I am seeing. Once I took photographs and made a short movie with them. It really made the story come alive.