Summarizing aids comprehension and is a stepping stone to more complex analysis of a text. The Summarizing lesson, for grades 4–8, will help your students choose main ideas and important details to include in summaries of fiction and nonfiction texts. This lesson includes a definition, an explanation of how the skill is used, an example, and practice questions with excerpts from real books. The Summarizing lesson can kick off a reading lesson or serve as an impromptu refresher of skills already introduced. The lesson also includes a separate Answer Key PDF.