Summarizing is such a difficult skill for students.
This is a 2-week mini-unit on summarizing and finding the main idea (called finding the GIST) with expository text. I have used this in my classroom for the past 5 years, and students find this worksheet exceedingly helpful in scaffolding their acquisition of this difficult skill. The best part about this unit plan is that you get to choose your own texts, individualized for your own students' interests and reading levels. I suggest using news articles (especially student news publications), but you can also use content-area texts, websites, textbooks, nonfiction books, etc. The sky is the limit!
Includes *TWO* sample articles and summaries to review and discuss with students. One article shows a shorter, 20 word summary, and the other shows a more detailed 30 word summary. Choose what is best for your students!
This meets the Common Core Standards for grades 6-10, and it is a cross-curricular activity.
* Common Core Standards Addressed
* Learning Targets
* Lesson Plans
* 2 Sample Articles
* 2 Sample Summaries
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Common Core Standards:
Reading Informational Text, Writing, Language - Grades 6-12
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