Summarizing Nonfiction PowerPoint Lesson with Poster and Notebook Activity

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Deb Hanson
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4th - 7th, Homeschool
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52 slides, a companion handout, and reference tool
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  1. This nonfiction text summary bundle will help you teach students how to write a summary of a nonfiction text. It can be used for introduction or review of the skill. It includes a Summarizing Nonfiction PowerPoint, an interactive notebook activity, a poster, and 5 practice worksheets.1. I recommend
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Are you searching for a step-by-step PowerPoint that can be used to teach your students how to write a strong nonfiction summary in a way that will grab their attention? You've come to the right place! This 53-slide PowerPoint will guide your students through the process of summarizing nonfiction. Students will learn that the first step to writing a strong nonfiction summary is to write a strong main idea sentence, and they will be presented with a formula that will help them write that important first sentence. It includes five nonfiction passages where students get to practice writing a summary!

PowerPoints filled with visuals are ideal for teaching new content to students because PowerPoints tend to be highly engaging and concepts can be easily broken down into understandable chunks of information. But let's face it... they are so time-consuming to create! Fortunately, now you have an option of using one that is already complete, kid-tested, and ready to go for you!


Slides 1-5: Introduction & Key #1- Differentiate interesting and important.

Slides 6-11: Key #2- Identify the text structure used by the author. This section includes 5 practice slides where students read a brief summary and identify the text structure.

Slides 12-14: Key #3- Identify the main idea and important supporting details.

Slides 15-23: How to write the Main Idea Sentence of a Summary (Follow this "formula": identify text, verb, topic, and big idea- several examples are provided.)

  • An example main idea sentence: In this book (identify text), the author identifies (verb) several endangered animals (topic) and explores ways humans can work together to save these species from extinction (big idea).

Slide 24: A List of Strong Verbs for your Main Idea Sentence

Slides 25-39: Step by Step: Writing Entire Nonfiction Summaries Students read a nonfiction passage, write a main idea sentence (like the one above), and then identify 2-3 key details. Once they have these pieces identified, they write their nonfiction summary. This section includes FIVE practice passages.

This file also includes a PowerPoint Companion handout. This allows students to be completely engaged, writing on the handout and recording their summaries as you advance through the PowerPoint. (Two versions are included- one version is 4 pages long and requires students to write small, and the second version is 7 pages long, and contains more space for writing.) The companion handout is available in both printable format or digital format.

Once you complete the PowerPoint, students can create a matching Interactive Notebook entry. This entry includes the three keys, a list of strong verbs, and a passage that will give students another opportunity to practice writing a main idea sentence.

Be sure to check out the PREVIEW!

Here's what teachers like you have to say about this PowerPoint:

  • Tina M. said, "My class enjoyed this! This resource was very engaging, thorough, and very well done. I will be using this for years to come!"

  • Christina S. said, "This was a great resource! The texts were great and interesting. My kids were very engaged and it was all ready for me to use."

  • Academic Adventures Archive said, "This is an amazing way to break down the steps for summarizing non-fiction texts! This has helped my students tremendously! Highly recommended!"

  • Angela R. said, "This is a difficult concept for fifth-grade students but this slide show broke down the steps of writing a nonfiction summary into pieces they understood. They were able to be successful in their task and I credit this slide show with so much of that."

Please note: You DO have my permission to convert this PowerPoint to Google Slides, and to share it with your students via Google Classroom. (A Google link is not provided, but you may upload the PowerPoint to Google yourself, if you wish.)

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52 slides, a companion handout, and reference tool
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3 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.
Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.
Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.


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