This product is meant to be an overview of the topic of summarizing. It discusses the following topics:
1. What is a Summary?
2. How to Write a Summary
3. What Information is Considered “Important”
4. Why Summarizing is an Important Skill
5. Reasons for Writing a Summary
6. Highlighting Key Information in Non-fiction and Fictional Texts
7. Summarizing Non-fiction and Fictional Texts
Through the use of one sample news article and one sample short story, students will learn how to properly summarize a text.
1. Read through the powerpoint as a class. Stop and discuss the important concepts.
2. Read through the news article as a class.
3. Split students into small groups and have them write a summary of the article on chart paper. Project the slide that shows the steps to writing a proper summary on the board.
4. Give students 20 - 30 mins to write their summary.
5. Have several groups share their summary with the class.
6. Continue reading through the power point.
7. Show students the highlighted version of the article so they can see which information was important.
8. Show students a proper summary of the article and have them compare it to their own summary. Let students reflect on what they did and what they can do to improve their next summary.
9. Read the short story together as a class.
10. Review the steps to writing a proper summary.
11. Using the same groups as before, have students write a summary of the short story on chart paper.
12. Share the summaries with the class.
13. Show students the highlighted versions of the short story so they can see which information was important.
14. Show students a proper summary of the article and have them compare it to their own summary. let students reflect on what they did and what they can do to improve on future summaries that they write.
Curriculum Expectations Covered:
demonstrate understanding of increasingly complex and difficult texts by summarizing important ideas and explaining how the details support the main idea.
identify and order main ideas and supporting details and group them into units that could be used to develop a summary, using a variety of strategies and organizational patterns.
Summary and Reflection Writing Mini Unit
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