Summarizing is a skill that can easily be taught through differentiation. When I teach my freshmen and sophomore students how to effectively write a summary of a fictional text, I like to use the storyboarding technique. Sometimes, I have students storyboard as a brainstorming technique. Other times, I offer the option to storyboard understanding of a text instead of writing a written summary if I am just checking for comprehension and analysis.
With this purchase, you will receive two files: one regular file and one modified version. The document is two pages. After viewing a television episode or short story (or even a longer text, such as a movie or novel, if you wish), students will storyboard the events of the plot. This part can be done in partners, groups, as a whole class, or individually, depending on your purposes and preferences. After storyboarding their ideas, students then put the ideas into a written summary. In the regular file, writing space is provided. In the modified Summarizing through Storyboarding file, you will find key words, phrases, and transitions that will help struggling writers by scaffolding the written paragraph structure.
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