Summarize using Literary Texts. These summarizing task cards use literary texts. A variety of summarizing questions, paragraphs, and graphic organizers. The questions are scaffolded to guide students through the thinking that good readers do naturally.
Summarizing Task Cards
Major Skill: Summarizing
Sub-skills: Problem-Solution, Plot diagram, analyzing summaries, Reading dialogue, graphic organizers
Questions stems aligned with standardized tests (including STAAR) include:
--What was the problem?
--What was the solution?
--What could have happened if the problem was solved?
--Which is the best summary?
--What is wrong with this summary?
--What is the correct sequence of events?
Genres: Literary Texts; Realistic Fiction; Fantasy
STAAR Reading Task Cards
CCSS Aligned Task Cards
20 Total Questions
12 Task Cards
3 Formats: Full-page, half-page, and mini-task cards
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 20 questions on these task cards are designed to pull students’ thoughts right to the mini-skills that good readers do naturally when summarizing. 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.
STAAR Review and Test Prep
Plot diagrams and sequencing organizers are perfect for test prep and STAAR review.
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