Summarizing Nonfiction Small Group Instruction: Four Trifolds | PDF and Digital

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Deb Hanson
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4th - 6th, Homeschool
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What a great tool to use with my strategy groups! Students were able to quickly grasp the concept and had a great resource to place in their reading strategies journals!
I used this in one on one instruction for tutoring. It was helpful and the students gained a lot from this.
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  1. This reading bundle includes ten sets of reading trifolds! The trifold sets target reading skills including main idea, inferences, theme, plot, author's purpose, citing text evidence, writing nonfiction summaries, context clues, cause & effect, and figurative language. Most of the sets includes
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Learning Objective

Students will read a nonfiction passage and write a short summary that contains a strong main idea sentence and maintains meaning and order.


These four print-and-go trifolds target the skill of summarizing a nonfiction text. Use these tri-folds over the course of 4 days to provide targeted instruction on this topic.

As I was creating these trifolds, I pictured myself using them with small groups of students. Specifically, I envisioned sitting around a table with a group of students who needed some targeted instruction and additional opportunities to practice writing a nonfiction summary. That being said, however, you can also successfully use these tri-folds in a large group setting or assign them as independent work.

These summarizing nonfiction trifolds progress from basic to more complex. Answer keys are included, along with additional teacher notes for EACH trifold. CHECK OUT THE PREVIEW to get a good feel for what you will get if you choose to purchase this resource.

Trifold #1: This initial trifold focuses on teaching students how to write a strong main idea sentence to create the first sentence of their nonfiction summary. I tell my students that knowing the right combination can “unlock" the main idea sentence in a nonfiction summary. "The right combination” is listed on Panel A: identify the text, verb, topic, and big idea. On Panel B, students are given a list of strong verbs. Panels B through E contain nonfiction reading passages. After reading each passage, students practice writing a main idea sentence to accompany the passage.

Trifold #2: While trifold #1 focuses on writing the main idea sentence that begins a nonfiction summary, trifold #2 focuses on choosing two or three important details to properly complete a summary. Panel A is the teaching panel, where students follow the thought process of a young girl writing a summary. Her complete summary is written at the bottom of the panel to provide an example for students. Panels B and C include two practice passages. After reading the passages, students should write a complete summary with the main idea sentence and 2-3 detail sentences.

Trifold #3: No new instruction is included in this trifold. The main purpose of this trifold is to provide multiple practice opportunities for students to gain confidence in their ability to write nonfiction summaries. This booklet includes three reading passages. Therefore, it is set up perfectly for the "I Do, We Do, You Do" teaching model. (Detailed instructions are given for those teachers who are not familiar with this teaching model.)

Trifold #4: This tri-fold is set up exactly like trifold #3. Again, the main purpose of this trifold is to provide multiple practice opportunities for students to gain confidence in their ability to write nonfiction summaries. This booklet includes three reading passages.

********This resource is available in TWO FORMATS:

1. TRADITIONAL PRINTABLES- Print the PDF and distribute paper copies to your students to complete.

2. TPT EASEL ACTIVITY- With this format, an interactive layer has been added to the original PDF!** This paperless version uses text boxes and drawing tools so that your students can complete it on a device. You can assign it to your students via Google Drive, and they can return it to you to review.

**Please note!** I created an enhanced version of this resource that is compatible with Google Slides. It includes instructional slides not included in this particular resource. I invite you to click on this link to review that version and then determine which format is most appropriate for your classroom and intended use.

Feel free to take a peek at my other trifolds! Just click on the links below!

Author's Purpose: Targeted Trifolds

Main Idea: Targeted Trifolds

Plot: Targeted Trifolds

Theme: Targeted Trifolds

Making Inferences: Targeted Trifolds

Citing Text Evidence: Targeted Trifolds

Context Clues: Targeted Trifolds

Cause and Effect: Targeted Trifolds


This resource is also included in my TRIFOLDS BUNDLE. {CLICK HERE.}


If you're looking for additional teaching materials for nonfiction summaries, feel free to check out my summarizing nonfiction bundle. (Click here!)

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Total Pages
23 pages
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Teaching Duration
4 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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