Tisdell – ELA- Summarizing and Determining theme 4/3

Teacher: Tisdell (jtisdell@hps.holyoke.ma.us)


Hot Cross Buns
Read to Remember
Name:                              Date:
After reading the short story below, complete the organizer. Then, use the keywords (wanted, but, so, then)
to summarize, or retell, the story in the space provided.
“Oh no!” groaned Kendall, “Why can’t I get this right?” Kendall was a fourth grader
at Evergreen Academy, and even though she was a good student, she was unhappy at school.
She wanted nothing more than to play the recorder for the school band, just like her older
brother. After attending band tryouts for months, she still hadn’t been accepted. Still, she was
determined. She practiced the song Hot Cross Buns every night and she carried her recorder
with her everywhere she went. Kendall could play perfectly at home in front of her parents,
but every time she tried to play in front of Ms. Melody, the band teacher, she messed up.
Today was her last chance to impress Ms. Melody.
As she practiced in the hall before her audition, Kendall exclaimed, “I have an idea!”
She took out a piece of paper and wrote down the notes for the song. Then, she highlighted
C note, the one she kept missing during tryouts. “Now I’ll get it right!” Kendall grinned. She
walked into the music room and smiled bravely at Ms. Melody. She set her highlighted paper
on the music stand and started to play.
“Bravo! That was the best rendition of Hot Cross Buns I’ve ever heard!” said Ms. Melody
when Kendall had finished. “Congratulations! You are the newest member of our band!”

After Reading the passage, summarize the passage in your own words and determine the theme. Make sure to include details from the text to explain your thinking. Good Luck!

Someone:  The Main character was _________________________.

Wanted: The Main character wanted ___________________. I know this because in the text it says ________________________________________.

But: The problem was ________________________. I know this because in the text it says __________________________.

So: The character solved the problem by ______________________________. I know this because in the text it says ______________________________.

Then: The solution to the problem was _________________________. I know this because in the text it says _____________________________________.

Theme: The theme of the story was ___________________________. I know this because in the text it says ___________________________________.

Check out Class Dojo for a video on reviewing Summarizing and Determining theme.


Ms. Tisdell


Files for this Assignment:

Content | Menu | Access panel