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5 Finger Comprehension Tips

Fiction Texts


Thumb: Text type - Narrative

  • Discuss the structure - Setting, Characters, Problem in the story, Solution to the problem and Ending


Pointer: Characters

  • Think of adjectives to describe the characters in the story.
  • Which character would you most like to meet? Why?


Tall finger: Wow words

  • Discuss wow words you would use in your own story writing.
  • Discuss new words and their meanings.


Ring finger: Retell

  • Retell the story – include as much detail as possible without looking through the book.


Little finger: Response

  • Think about the whole story.  What was your favourite part? Why?
  • How many stars out of 5 would you give this book? Why?