This lesson allows students to understand the three key steps and components needed in order to create an effective summary.
The lesson compares making a summary to making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Each part of the sandwich represents a step in the creation of a summary. I use this lesson with my students to reinforce the importance of each part of both the sandwich and summary. The visual pictures of the peanut butter, jelly, and bread help my students remember the key components of great summaries.
This file contains an explanation page, which shows what each part of the sandwich represents in relation to a summary, a graphic organizer, requires the students to create their own summary over a short news report using the graphic organizer, and an I can checklist covering common core standards at the end.
This is a great short mini lesson to either introduce how to create a summary, or this serves as a great reinforcement/practice lesson.
For my final assessment, I always have my kids read a nonfiction article and create their own summary. As a reward they always enjoy eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on the final day as a reward and reminder for the concept.
I hope your students enjoy,