Success in summary writing can come with a bit more fun, visual challenge, and a bit of mystery in primary sources.
All good students—from 1st grade to graduate school--must master summary writing. Let’s add critical thinking skills, creativity, and a bit of history mystery to this whole class enrichment opportunity! A metaphor-building summary and 3D design lesson for advanced and gifted learners (or everyone!) is included in this bundle as well. A few other extension tasks are offered as well. Let’s keep the kids challenged!
This enrichment activity is designed to engage all students, no matter their ability! We work with primary source photos to develop strong writing skills—citing key details, making inferences, and establishing historical context. Our goal standard is summary writing, and to reach this goal, we’re going to use pages from a 1930’s basal reader – Ha, ha! Pretty cool!
This school year we’re working on filling up the Portable with whole-class enrichment lessons. These lessons are designed to be used by a gifted resource teacher in a “push-in” model or for classroom teachers who want to reach all levels of ability in an engaging way.
Each lesson opens with a whole class lesson in which students respond naturally within their ability.
Further enrichment opportunities are differentiated for higher abilities and/or for students who have a passion for the topic.
The purpose of this enrichment activity is to use the discovery process, critical thinking, inferences, and primary sources to write a five sentence summary.
Time: One hour+ to four hours if gifted extensions are used.
Level: 3rd through 6th
Materials: Included, plus “junk drawer” and craft items for the advanced enrichment.