Notes, Practice, & Homework
I like to flair up my summarizing notes with Taylor Swift, calling the unit Summarizing Swiftly. My Google Slides is full of random Taylor Swift photos, thought bubbles, and lyrics!
In our first SWBST practice, we watch a Taylor Swift music video and take notes in the boxes on what a concise summary of the video would entail. Then, I write those notes into 3 sentences in the box to the right of the notes, having my students provide the language as I write it down on the Document Camera to model correct punctuation and capitalization.
The next page of notes provides a visual for students to see the difference between a retelling (longest), summary (3 sentences), and main idea (1 sentence). We usually do this as a class based on a chapter from our class novel; however, mentor texts of any kind would suffice.
Included are notes and 1 practice text for main idea. I have found that my students grasp this concept best with the question, "Who does what and why?" After these notes, a group task cads activity helps reinforce the differences between the concepts. (These are all over TPT and Pinterest)
The following 2 pages are examples of homework I have given for students to interact with summary and main idea skills in their independent reading book.
For these assignments, there are shorter daily check-ins (hence the different boxes with “due date” and “grade” attached the them). I do these check-ins to ensure students are completing the homework effectively, accurately, and daily.
The Sumamry homework has students complete a summary for 2 of the chapters they read that week. Then they pick 1 to write out in the 3 sentence form from the notes.
The Main Idea homework has students explain their nightly reading in 3 sentences. Then they gather a main idea hashtag from their sentences.
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