Summarizing Task Cards #3

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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. 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?


Grades 3-5

Genres: Literary Texts; Realistic Fiction; Fantasy

STAAR Reading Task Cards

CCSS Aligned Task Cards

20 Total Questions

12 Task Cards

2 Formats: 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.


Summarizing Resources:

Summarizing Task Cards #1 (STAAR)

Summarizing Task Cards #2

Summarizing Task Cards #3

Sequencing Task Cards - Ellen Ochoa

Cause and Effect Task Cards

Main Ideas and Details Lesson Bundle

Drawing Conclusions Task Cards by TeamTom:

Drawing Conclusions Task Cards #1 STAAR Prep

Drawing Conclusions Task Cards #2 Harriet Tubman

Drawing Conclusions Task Cards #3 Informational Texts

Drawing Conclusions Task Cards #4 Rosa Parks

Drawing Conclusions Task Cards #5 Matter

Drawing Conclusions Task Cards #6 Energy

Reading Task Card Bundles

Drawing Conclusions Task Cards Bundle #1 (Sets 1-3)

Drawing Conclusions Task Card Bundle #2

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

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Teaching Duration
2 days
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