Writing a good summary of a story or article is sometimes surprisingly difficult for many students. To summarize effectively they need a lot of practice extracting all the important information from a text and only the important information. These worksheets help students do just that. Graphic organizers are good ways for students to visualize their ideas. The graphic organizer helps students organize their ideas in a similar manner to how they are taught to organize a paragraph. They must create a statement that encapsulates the action in a story as whole and then support that statement with the 3 most important events that helped that main event occur. Included is a sheet on which they may write their summary--this sheet is quite generic and easy to make and so you would be able to easily tailor it to your needs.
This activity is most often used with middle school - 9 students. However, if you have ELLs in your classes, this is a great differentiation tool, breaking a whole into small, simpler parts. Likewise, if you have struggling students in higher grades, this tool could be very useful.