Summarizing and Paraphrasing Activities - Research Skills

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Paraphrasing and summarizing are skills that are difficult for many students to understand This activity pack is designed to help teach these research skills to your students and provide them with practice so they can begin to master them. I also included some note taking activities as well.

What is included:

* 8 posters/anchor charts

  • Paraphrasing definition
  • Summarizing definition
  • How to paraphrase
  • How to summarize fiction text (SWBST)
  • How to summarize nonfiction or informational text
  • Differences between paraphrasing and summarizing
  • 2 note taking posters (note taking tips and the difference between Wow!
    notes and Blah! notes)

* 3 summarizing worksheets/graphic organizers

* Identifying the main idea/important details in a text

* 2 paraphrasing worksheets

* 3 note taking worksheets

* 40 task cards

• 2 paraphrasing task card sets (12 cards in each set)

• 12 task cards ask students to paraphrase 1 sentence

• 12 task cards ask students to paraphrase a short passage

• 2 summarizing task card sets (8 in each set)

• 8 multiple choice task cards (students choose the best summary of the

• 8 task cards that ask students to write a summary of the passage in 12 words
or less

• Recording sheets and suggested answer keys are included for each

The task cards are available to purchase individually. You can purchase them here.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.
Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.
Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.


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