This unit includes PowerPoints, activities, and texts to help you teach focused lessons for summarizing success. These activities complement the research-based strategies discussed in my book, "Summarizing, Paraphrasing, and Retelling."
Students will begin by practicing paraphrasing in a whole class activity, and reviewing with handouts. Then, choose from 6 included original texts (leveled 3-6, depending on the background knowledge of students) and a variety of accompanying activities. Summarizing activities include choosing the best summary, summarizing sections of text, sorting ideas as important or less important, and writing a summary. Two assessments are also included so that you can measure your students' progress.
Texts: SR-71 Blackbird (grades 2/3)
The Thunderbolt (grades 2/3)
Migrating Mole Salamanders (grades 3/4)
How Do We See in the Dark? (grades 3/4)
Mysterious Mushrooms (grades 4/5)
Columbian Exposition (grades 5/6)
Please be sure to read over the Preview carefully to see what is included. Thumbnails of selected texts are included.
Other summarizing activities:
Daily Warm-Up Activities
Main Ideas and Details
Under the Sea Nonfiction Warm-Ups
For more practice texts at a sixth grade level, check out the Article Response Bundle:
Article Response Bundle