Summarizing Activities | How to Write a Summary

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  1. Help your students write the perfect nonfiction and fiction summaries as they read with these summarizing printables and Google Slides™ activities, perfect for use with Google Classroom™.Anchor chart posters and student reference sheet are informative resources for young readers both during the unit
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Help your students write the perfect summary as they read with these printables and Google Slides™ activities.

This set now includes a digital version to use with Google Classroom™.

Anchor chart posters and student reference sheet are informative resources for young readers both during the unit and throughout the school year. Summary modeled writing will help you show students what a well-written summary looks like. Summary rubric will help make grading your students written summaries a snap!

These activities can be used with any fiction book your students are reading!

With a variety of graphic organizers, question stems, task cards, and practice activities your students will be writing the perfect summary in no time!

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Link for Google Slide use and digital directions

✓“What is a Summary?” Anchor Chart

✓“Summary VS. Retell” Anchor Chart

✓“How To Summarize” Anchor Chart

✓“When To Summarize” Anchor Chart

✓“Summarizing Help You…” Anchor Chart

✓Summarizing Student Reference Sheet (in 3 sizes)

✓Student Summarizing Note Sheet for Read Alouds and Preassessment

✓Summarizing Modeled Writing to use with the book: The Curious Garden by Peter Brown

✓Summarizing Rubric

✓Story Map for Story Element Review

✓7 Student Summarizing Graphic Organizers

✓SWBST Poster and 3 Graphic Organizers

✓SWBST Student Reference Sheet (in 3 sizes)

✓Important VS Interesting Information Poster and Graphic Organizer

✓Student Important Information Sticky Note Organizer

✓Summarizing Illustration Sheet

✓Student Summary Question Stems for Independent Reading

✓8 Summarizing Task Card Activities (with matching modeled writing summaries)

✓4 Summarizing Practice Sheets

✓Teacher Notes and Mentor Text Book Recommendations

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→Now posted: Summarizing Nonfiction:

Summarizing Nonfiction

This set is also part of a money-saving summarizing bundle!

Summarizing Bundle

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Looking for a way to assess your students independent reading? Try this quick assessment for your students to complete while they read fiction or nonfiction texts.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.


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