This resource contains fiction reading passages and activities to help students build a better understanding of what makes a good summary. The activities build on each other to help you scaffold and differentiate as necessary.
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This resource focuses on helping students understand that:
1. Summaries should only include information from reading passage or book. Additional information should not be added to a summary.
2. Summaries should only include what the author or character thinks. You do not add your own opinion to a summary.
3. Summaries should only include the most important information.
4. Fiction summaries should include the main problem and solution.
5. Summaries should be in your own words. A summary should not be copied word for word
This resource does NOT have students practice writing their own summaries. Instead, it is laying the foundation so that students have a really thorough understanding of what makes a good summary of fiction. This resource has students spend a lot of time differentiating between "good" summaries and "bad" summaries so that students know what should included when they begin to write their own.
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