Summarizing Task Cards #6 September 11th (9/11)

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Summarize Informational Texts about September 11th (9/11). These summarizing task cards use a challenging expository text with 24 Total Questions on 12 Task Cards. A variety of questions, paragraphs, and graphic organizers help present the tragedy of the terror attack on 9/11.

Students will learn the information about September 11, 2001:
►the four hijacked airplanes,
►the collapse of the Twin Towers,
►the bravery of First Responders,
►the sacrifice of passengers on Flight 93, and
►the dedication during rescue, recover, and rebuilding after 9/11.


Major Skill: Summarizing
Sub-skills: Analyzing summaries, Rereading Expository, Using Text Evidence, graphic organizers
Question stems aligned with standardized tests (including STAAR) include:
--What is the best summary?
--If you were going to add a heading, what would it be?
--What is the best summary of this section of text?
--What do these details have in common?
--What is different between these details?


Grades 3-6+
Genres: Informational Texts; Expository; Graphic Organizers
ATOS Level 7.6
Lexile: 1000L-1100L
26 Total Questions: 8 open-ended; 6 fill-in-the-blank; 12 multiple choice
12 Task Cards
6 Unique Paragraphs

The above-level informational text will challenge most 3rd grade and 4th grade students. It may serve better as a shared reading.

Most 5th-graders will struggle just enough with this text in a paired or group reading station.

6th-graders should be able to complete these task cards independently.

This Lexile level is also just right for 7th-grade and 8th-grade remediation groups.


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 24 questions on these task cards are designed to scaffold students through the summarizing mini-skills that good readers do naturally. This includes identifying important details, determining the main idea, and summarizing sections of informational text.

Finally, there are questions that use graphic organizers. These questions ask students to analyze details and determine the best summary of ideas and details.


Other Summarizing Task Cards:
Summarizing Task Cards #1
Summarizing Task Cards #2
Summarizing Task Cards #3
Summarizing Task Cards #4 - Informational
Summarizing Task Cards #5 - Informational
Main Ideas and Details Lesson Bundle

Other Septmeber 11th Activities (9/11):
Septermber 11th (9/11) Hero Lesson on Todd Beamer
First Responders Slideshow
September 11th Activities Bundle

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