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For standardized tests, students often struggle with choosing the best summary. It is quite simple once they know the formula. They just have to pick the one that has details from the beginning, middle and end. The other answer choices will always be missing either the beginning, middle or end. The more they practice, they better at it they will become.
My students always score above average on the choose the best summary questions for our district, because we are spiraling this important TEK after every fiction read aloud.
Give it a try and see your students scores go up!
I teach third grade, but I like to start them off on an easy book, in this case a 2nd grade level book, so that they can focus on the skill of summarizing and not be thrown off with complex plots and vocabulary.
This activity could also be used as an exit ticket, in stations, as buddy work, etc!