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Use story webs in classrooms to enhance students' reading comprehension. A story web is a graphic organizer that helps students at different reading levels, by enabling them to visually organize questions, observations and ideas while reading. Typically, the web begins with a central question or curricular theme in the center of the graphic organizer. Depending on the grade level, lesson and class objectives, story webs can be modified to fit students’ needs. Design your lesson and activity, and move to create the story web that best supports your students.

Creating a Story Web

Many printable story webs are available free online. However, if none of those meet your needs, quickly create one using either your computer or artistic skills. To help students brainstorm, create a story web that has lots of thought bubbles connected to one another, which will allow students to link together ideas and questions. For an introduction to a new unit, create a “KWL” web, which stands for what students know about a topic, what students would like to know and what they have learned. Support a literature unit by having a web that lets students map characters, setting, plot and conflict. Use different webs for the variety of learners in your classroom.