This product, newly improved, contains presentation (in PDF format) and guided notes that will provide the basics for teaching students how to summarize a nonfiction text. With purchase, you will also receive two different worksheets (sold separately in my store - called Nonfiction Summarizing Practice) to use as practice for nonfiction texts (one provides links to relevant, high-interest news clips, and the other can be used with any nonfiction text). Additionally, I'm including my close reading assignment about cliques, which can also be purchased separately in my store. This assignment could work well to lead into an additional nonfiction summarizing activity.
A suggested lesson plan/outline is included as well as a unit quiz. All answers for the quiz are straight from the direct-instruction presentation except for the section where the students demonstrate their ability to write a nonfiction summary. I use this bundle with ninth graders as a minilesson tool before modeling how to write a nonfiction summary, but it is appropriate for any middle school or high school student.
As a certified reading specialist, I'm always trying to make literacy more accessible to students. This assignment uses a creative analogy for the process of summarizing, includes differentiation elements, and has been teacher-tested and tweaked in the classroom for five years.
Usually, at the beginning of this unit, my freshmen have zero idea how to summarize a nonfiction text. By the end, most of them can tell me with confidence not only what belongs in a nonfiction summary, but also how long it should be and in what order to write about the information. This unit provides excellent structure for any student who would benefit from a gradual-release approach. It's suitable for introduction or review purposes.
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