Comprehending and Paraphrasing Narrative Texts Packet

If you haven’t read it already, please head over and read my Comprehending and Paraphrasing Expository Text post here. In that post, I detail the research behind this packet!

If expository text is too high level for your students, this packet is for you! It contains 24 short narrative text cards, two half sheets for homework, a graphic organizer, and a ‘game’ die.

Narrative Packet Preview

Each student should draw a card. Then, according to the RAP protocol outlined in my earlier post, the student should detail the main idea and 2 details from the story (on the included graphic organizer). Last, the student should retell the story in their own words!

This is one of the best ways to increase your student’s comprehension of text!

Below are sample pictures of this packet:


Narrative Text Picture



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Comprehending and Paraphrasing Expository Texts

So let’s start with a definition. What is expository text? Well, expository writing is a type of writing where thats serves to inform, describe, or explain something.

Our students are expected to learn from expository texts every day in their classrooms. For many of our students, this is a critical skill. It ensures they are able to comprehend their textbooks, their homework, and their lectures.

My newest packet targets just that: the comprehension of expository text.

Expository Text Preview

The students I tend to see HATE expository text. The second I try and get them to summarize something factual that sounds like their school homework, they shut down on me! So I attempted to make the text in this packet as interesting as possible! Your students could learn about why the sky is blue, why squirrels have bushy tails, and who the first man to walk on the moon was!

There is also a greater push from teachers and administrators to cover classroom content in speech therapy, so this is a great way to target both!

My packet follows the RAP protocol. You can read more about it here. The RAP protocol says:

Read one paragraph
Ask yourself what were the main idea and two details
Put the main idea and two details into your own words

I have had GREAT success using this protocol and my packet with all of my clients who are working on comprehension and paraphrasing! I hope you find this useful as well!

The packet includes 24 cards with expository text, a graphic organizer (2 versions), a die, 2 half-sheets for homework, and instructions!

You can see sample pictures from my packet below:

Text Sample



If that looks like something you could use in your speech room, you can find it in my TpT Store here.

I also have a similar packet targeting narrative comprehension. You can see the post on that packet here.

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