The Somebody-Wanted-But-So strategy (MacOn, Bewell & Vogt, 1991) is used during or after reading to help students understand literary elements such as conflicts and resolutions. It is also a great summarization technique for social studies, since so much of world history is based on the wants and needs of humans. Students complete the strategy on a chart or on a folded piece of paper. They identify who wanted something, what they wanted, what conflict arose, and the resolution.
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