This lesson provides an effective strategy for teaching students how to summarize and analyze informational texts with a 7-step approach: Previewing the text features, locating the main idea, reading closely and annotating, identifying key words/concepts, rereading, summarizing, and analyzing author's purpose.
The 15-page lesson includes Common Core State Standards in reading and writing, lesson objectives, 4-page detailed guidelines and suggestions for modeling and teaching the strategy, a student handout that outlines the 7 steps, a Summary and Analysis Chart, a completed sample of a Summary and Analysis Chart for three articles from Time Magazine, including blank and annotated copies of the articles, and a rubric for assessing the Chart.
Through this lesson, my students have shown significant improvement in reading comprehension of nonfiction texts and in vocabulary acquisition (based on pre- and post-assessments). It can be used with all students, but I find that it helps my struggling readers the most. Once my students learn the strategy, they get much faster and better at summarizing and analyzing, and they really enjoy reading news articles on a variety of topics on a regular basis.