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Main Idea Writing a Summary: Common Core Informative/Explanatory Writing

Tracee Orman
Grade Levels
8th - 12th, Homeschool
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18 pages
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Writing a Summary: Common Core Informative/Explanatory Writing Activities - NO PREP - Just print and go!

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Summarizing is a life-long skill. Our students will enter the real world soon and will find themselves having to summarize many different types of work for employers, employees, and even clients. It's essential that we teach them this valuable skill.

This pack focuses on summarizing nonfiction pieces. Students will have to identify the main ideas, paraphrase, and summarize an article as a whole. It includes an activity for using unbiased words (recognizing word connotations), and clear examples for citing the author and using both MLA and APA style formats.

Includes step-by-step directions for a multiple-paragraph summary, as well as a template for a one-paragraph summary. This is a NO PREPARATION NECESSARY product. All you have to do is just print it out, and you are good to go! Perfect for sub plans, too!

It aligns with the Common Core State Standards for Informative/Explanatory writing, but can be used with any expository writing curriculum because the skills are the same.

Appropriate for ALL content areas: history, English, science, math, business, careers, health, and any class where students are asked to summarize an article.

*Includes excerpts of articles that are appealing to teens, including a timely one about cyber bullying and the use of the app Yik Yak.

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Total Pages
18 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.


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