Summarizing Task Cards 2 (STAAR)

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  1. Summarizing Task Cards are perfect for mastering a good summary and how to summarize literary texts. This task card bundle includes three sets of summarizing task cards: ⚫ Summarizing Task Cards 3.40 (STAAR) ⚫ Summarizing Task Cards 2 (STAAR) ⚫ Summarizing Task Cards 3 *****************************
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Summarize using Literary Texts. These summarizing task cards use literary texts. 30 Total Questions! 10 Half-page realistic fiction stories. A variety of questions, paragraphs, and questions. The questions are scaffolded to guide students through the thinking that good readers do naturally when summarizing.


Major Skill: Summarizing
Sub-skills: Problem-Solution, Plot, analyzing summaries, Reading dialogue, Inferring
Questions stems aligned with standardized tests (including STAAR) include:
--What was the problem?
--What was the solution?
--Which is the best summary?
--Which answer best paraphrases the conflict?
--Which answer best paraphrases the solution?
--Which answer best paraphrases the beginning of the plot?
--Which answer best paraphrases the ending in this plot?


Grades 3-6
Genres: Literary Texts; Realistic Fiction
ATOS Level 3.9
Lexile: 540L

Included with these task cards:
30 Total Questions aligned with STAAR: 10 open-ended; 20 multiple choice
10 Task Cards
10 Unique Half-Page Stories
2 Teaching Ideas
2 Pages of teacher help with 4 summarizing articles
Answer Key


Reading is the process of making meaning from text. Good readers fluently engage in four critical comprehension sub-skills: summarizing, generating questions, clarifying meanings, and inferring. When readers summarize literary texts, they are paraphrasing the main events. To summarize is to retell the most important aspects of the plot: problem, solution, and main events.

The 30 questions on these task cards are designed to pull students’ thoughts right to the mini-skills that good readers do naturally. Some of the questions ask basic and straightforward information that forms the basis of a good summary. What is the problem? What is the solution? Other questions ask students to analyze summaries to find the best summary – the one that includes the problem, solution, and main events from the beginning, middle, and end. Finally, there are questions that use graphic organizers to show the sequence of events and the plot structure.

STAAR Daily Warm Ups:

STAAR Reading Daily Warm Ups 3rd Grade #1
STAAR Reading Daily Warm Ups 3rd Grade #2
STAAR Reading Daily Warm Ups 4th Grade #1

Great Reading Resources:

Summarizing Task Cards #1
Summarizing Task Cards #2
Summarizing Lesson Bundle
Sequencing Task Cards

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Drawing Conclusions Task Cards #5 Matter
Drawing Conclusions Task Cards #6 Energy
Total Pages
32 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
3 days
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