One of the hardest things to teach students is how to choose the best summary. This PowerPoint helps students break poems and short fictional stories into three parts, beginning, middle, and end. Your students will use that skill to find the main idea of each piece and ultimately choose the best summary.
Here is what is included:
Slides 2-4 explain the characteristics of a good summary.
Slides 5-17 are guided explanations of finding the main idea of beginning, middle, and end using one poem.
Slides 18-29 explain how to choose the best summary by labeling the beginning, middle, and end.
Slides 32-34 contain two poems and one short fictional to story to use as guided practice.
Slides 36-39 contain two short fictional stories and one poem to use as independent practice for your students.