This lesson will enable students to look at a subject and write a simple narrative using accurate details and then sorting those details into provided categories that they can then condense into a summary poem by choosing the most important words.
Just about any event in history, current event, or math or science topic can be summarized in this way. This lesson works great in LA or any content area. If you are not an LA teacher, but a teacher of social studies, math, or science, you too can be a writing instructor using this lesson.
The Common Core Standards state in their College and Career Readiness overview that students in the intermediate grades need to be able to: "Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details."
The specific standards addressed in this lesson are:
[RL.3.2] [RL.4.2] [RL.5.2] [RL.6.2] Students will summarize details about a place and an event using a simple framework and then condense that summary by choosing the most important words.
[SL.3.2] [SL.4.2] [SL.5.2] [SL.6.2] Students will learn a framework for listening to a news report or analyzing a photograph (or other media source) and summarizing the details in a succinct manner.
[W.3.2] [W.4.2] [W.5.2] [W.6.2] Students will sort evidence into provided categories to write a summary poem.
[W.3.3] [W.4.3] [W.5.3] [W.6.3] Students will use transitional words and phrases to manage a sequence of events.
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