Summary Writing using the SAAC strategy - Online & In-Person Options Included!

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4th - 12th
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Do your students have a hard time writing summaries that get to the point? This method of summary writing may help them to narrow down the main idea and back it up with details from the text. This lesson uses the SAAC (State it, Author, Action, Complete the Sentence) strategy to help students write topic sentences.

The example topic sentence and summary in the presentation is meant to be funny and is not about a real article. This can be edited to something more relevant to your topic at the time and then can be used with any article of your choosing!

What is included?

  • Editable Google Slides presentation to teach the method
  • Editable Google Document Assignment Sheet that can be used with any article! (The assignment sheet can be completed online or can be printed and completed on paper)
  • TOU page that has ideas for use in the online or in-person classroom
    • Both of these files can be downloaded from Google in multiple formats such as PPTX or DOC or PDF.

"This really helped with teaching summaries." - Karen K.

"Love this strategy. It has been our go-to for nonfiction summaries to help keep students focused during their writing." - Ashante C.


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.


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