Writing a Novel Summary: Does it seem that your students are unable to competently summarize anything? Use these resources to break down the steps necessary to write a decent summary.
This Novel Summary Unit contains components to walk students through organizing and writing a five paragraph novel summary. Included are Story Shrinking to Write a Summary Introduction Sentence, Summary Prewriting Template, and Five Paragraph Novel Summary Rubric. I use these resources after students have finished reading their independent reading novels. The materials could also be modified to summarize short stories, magazine articles, movies, etc.