This Power Point 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 Power Point contains a goal/objective page, a critical thinking connection page to the real world application of summaries, a page listing common places to find summaries used in the real world today, a mini class activity page requiring either students or the class to compare how summaries on the backs of books are similar (find what they all have in common), explanation pages explaining the three key elements for an effective summary, a graphic organizer page, a short news report to practice summarizing an article with, student reflection questions, and a final page listing I can statements for your students or class in general focusing on what makes an effective summary.
This is a great short mini lesson to either introduce how to create a summary, or this serves as a great reinforcement/practice lesson.
This lesson is set up very similar to my pdf file on my store. The Power Point option allows you as a teacher to go through the steps and process together with a visual aid on the board. The power point option also contains some extra pages at the beginning asking students as a class to brainstorm common places in society today where we read or listen to summaries, asks the teacher to read the back of three different novels and compare the similarities in short (synopsis) summaries of each book, requires the students to compare how the book synopsis(short summaries) are similar, and allows the teacher to ask large whole group questions to probe thinking skills.
Both files on my store cover similar lessons. If you prefer to use handouts with your students, I recommend the digital pdf format on my store. If you prefer to do whole class instructions and ask for responses, then I recommend the Power Point option. The Power Point option on my store does require more critical thinking skills, and real world application vs. the digital file. Elementary students may benefit more from the pdf file, while middle school students may benefit more from the Power Point. Both files on my page, cover the topic with great depth, and they both serve as great summary lessons. Feel free to choose the one (or you can use both) that works best for you and your students!
For my final assessment, I always have my kids read a nonfiction article and create their own summary using the graphic organizer. 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,