Summarizing Fiction & Nonfiction - Reading Comprehension Strategies Unit

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Past The Potholes
Grade Levels
3rd - 5th, Homeschool
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Students will learn to summarize with 13 retell activities, anchor charts, graphic organizers and reading assessments. Summarizing nonfiction text is included as well as narrative story retelling.

This is set up as two reading strategies mini-units - one for summarizing fiction and one for nonfiction summary writing. You could easily move seamlessly from one to the next, or divide up and teach them at separate times.

Included in this package:

* Suggested teaching ideas with all necessary materials.

* Two graphic organizers for students to use while learning this reading strategy with fiction.

* Graphic organizer for use with non-fiction.

* Two double-sided bookmark options.

* A summarizing rubric that you could use to assess learning.

* 3 Learning Goal and Success Criteria posters for your class (fiction, non-fiction, general).

* Book list of titles that are recommended for teaching and practising summarizing.

* Extra BLMs that could be used for literacy centres or other practice work.

* Diagnostic/summative assessment sheet to use with any reading text - easily differentiated

* Student reflection/goal setting sheet to use with assessments

* Two different reading logs

* Reading goals tracking sheet

* Booktalk checklist

This is a zip file containing all PDF documents so everyone should be able to easily access all material.

Also available are:

Questioning Reading Strategy Package

Inferring Reading Strategy Package

Synthesizing Reading Strategy Package

Total Pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 month
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.
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 the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.
Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.


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