Sometimes tests make me crazy. I teach summarization all year. The kids live, eat, and breathe summarization. Summarization is graffitied on the bathroom walls. They all have t-shirts screen printed with summarization. And then when you open the tests, the kids start freaking out! They are totally lost because instead of using the term summarization, those wizzes at the testing facility use every synonym for summarize they can think of. SO, even though the kids absolutely know the process of summarization, they don’t know that’s what they are supposed to do because the word summarization is never used.
Hopefully, this will help. These short paragraphs are designed to:
1. Teach the process of summarization.
2. Allow kids to process summarization.
3. Alert the kids that MANY words and questions which mean summarization. It helps them understand that when they see those words, all they need to do is enact their super summarization techniques and answer the questions
This packet works great in centers, as minilessons, and group work. Here’s the GIST of how to use the packet.
Kids will choose a card, read a paragraph, and do what the card suggests. Then they can choose another card and with the same paragraph, do what THAT card suggests. This encourages repeated reading, which we all know increases fluency, comprehension, and builds great reading practices. Each set includes a fiction and informational text written about roughly the same yummy topic. I have also included a reading (based on the Flesch-Kincaid scale) and lexile level for each paragraph and tried to create a set that ranges from low to high middle school reading.
The bonus questions were provided as an extension activity for kids who master summarization.
As well, the chart was provided to allow students to monitor their own learning and learn to love the fact that they are master summarizers, regardless of what it is actually called.