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Summary Analysis Sampler--3 FREE Passages Distance Learning

Grade Levels
3rd - 5th
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These 3 short passages and criteria tables help your students think strategically when choosing the best summary.

Short Passages & Criteria Tables

To Use: Students read the short passage, then read four summaries of the passage. Along with each summary is a criteria table. Students fill out the criteria table to determine whether the summary is "weak" or "strong." Then they select the strongest summary. A key is included.

Variety of Genres

This is a sampler of my Summary Analysis Bundle. It includes one expository passage, one fiction passage, and one biography passage. The criteria tables are slightly different according to the genre.

Perfect for Test Prep.

I love to use these passages around testing season. Even students who excel at writing their own summaries might have difficulty choosing the "best" summary out of a collection. This resource breaks the process down and helps students internalize the structure of a strong summary.

Looking for More?

Take a look at my other summary analysis products! You can purchase a set based on genre, or purchase a bundle that includes all genres:

Nonfiction Mini-Passages with Summary Analysis

Fascinating Fables (Fiction) with Summary Analysis

Biography Mini-Passages with Summary Analysis

Summary Analysis Bundle


Looking for other reading resources?

Reading Workshop Guide & Toolkit

33 Mini-Lessons: Reading Skills & Strategies

FREE Guide to Reading Conferences

Realistic Fiction Genre Unit for Grades 3-4

Realistic Fiction Genre Unit for Grades 5-6

Summary Analysis Bundle


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Total Pages
10 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
45 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.
Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.
Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.


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