Summarizing Fiction Text / Stories - Reading Passages & Practice Pages, Digital

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3rd - 5th, Homeschool
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Includes both a print and digital version - This no prep resource contains fiction reading passages and activities to help students build a better understanding of what makes a good summary and to help them summarize stories. The activities build on each other to help you scaffold and differentiate as necessary.

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This resource includes 7 fiction texts / stories to help you teach students how to summarize. Each text has both good summaries and bad summaries included as an example for students, as well as cut and paste activities. Each of the fiction texts focuses on one aspect of summarizing for students to practice.

This resource focuses on helping students understand that:

1. Summaries should only include information from reading passage or story. 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. You only include key details in summaries.

4. Fiction summaries should include the main problem and solution from the story.

5. Summaries should be in your own words. When summarizing fiction passages, the text should not be copied word for word.

There is also culminating scavenger hunt activity included to help students practice all that they have learned about summarizing.

These summarizing activities can be used for a whole group mini-lesson, for small group practice, for independent or partner work, as homework, or as an ELA center / reading station.

This resource includes:

  • 7 fiction reading passages
  • Scaffolded activities to go with each of the reading passages to focus on a specific summarizing skill
  • A summarizing sheet that can be used with any nonfiction article to help students practice writing summaries
  • Grading rubrics and answer keys

This resource does not focus on having students practice writing their own summaries, although there is opportunity for them to do that. 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. These summarizing samples help so that students know what should be included when they begin to write their own.

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47 pages
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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; summarize the text.


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