Writing summaries for students can be difficult. Make it engaging and fun, while incorporating some math skills! Assign a money amount per word and challenge your students to write a summary within a specified dollar amount. Watch them work furiously to make the summary fit into the range you've given them. It prompts great discussion about relevant vs. irrelevant information. ENJOY giving this freebie a try.
If you like this activity be sure to investigate the Novel Study Interactive Notebook unit it comes from! :-) Happy summarizing!