Summarizing - everything you need! This bundle includes Summarizing PowerPoint
and Summarizing Practice Pack
, lesson plans, as well as notes and text for the PowerPoint - - - everything you need to teach your class how to write a summary! Students will first learn to identify main character(s), setting, goal or motivation, obstacle, steps taken to overcome the obstacle, and outcome. Then they will work on improving their paragraphs by combining sentences, adding transitional phrases, and including essential details.
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• Lesson plans
• PowerPoint presentation featuring “The Dog and Its Shadow” and “The Fox and the Grapes”*
• Full text and notes for PowerPoint
• Text, organizers, and stationery for “The Fox and the Grapes”
• Four fables: “The Goose and the Golden Egg,” “The Peacock,” “The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse,” and “The Donkey and the Load of Salt”*
• Two generic organizers that you can use for any story
• Themed constructed response sheet for each fable
• Multiple-choice worksheets (with answer keys) for each fable
• Student self-check sheet
Instruction (PowerPoint Presentation)
• Introduction to summarizing
• Elements of a good summary: main character(s), setting, goal/motivation, obstacle, steps to overcome obstacle, and outcome
Modeling (PowerPoint Presentation)
• Full text of “The Dog and Its Shadow”*
• Modeling of necessary elements from “The Dog and Its Shadow”
• Modeling of drafting of summary for “The Dog and Its Shadow”
• Modeling of improving summary (combining sentences, adding transitional phrases, and adding essential details)
• Final summary for “The Dog and Its Shadow”
Guided Practice (PowerPoint Presentation)
• Full text of “The Fox and the Grapes”
• Students locate necessary elements and write on graphic organizer (included)
• Students check elements with organizer in PowerPoint
• Students write summaries
Independent Practice with Scaffolding (Practice Pack)
• Four complete fables to summarize
• Fables ordered from least to most complex, which scaffolds instruction for all students in your class
• Multiple-choice worksheets allow students to check a box next to each of the important elements. These can be used at the beginning of the unit with all students and continued for lower readers. Additionally, these offer great opportunities for test prep.
• Organizers guide students to select key elements. Again, these can be used at the beginning and phased out, if you wish.
• Themed stationery is provided for summarizing each fable.
Would you like to include some additional reading practice with these stories? Check out Reading Aesop's Fables
. To teach theme through fables, try my theme unit
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*Stories were adapted from The Aesop for Children, which was published in 1919 and is now in the public domain.
Common Core State Standards: RL.3.2, RL.4.2, and RL.5.2