Sum-thing Important!

Amanda Palmer

Rationale: An important goal for all children to achieve in reading is comprehension.  A child can reach this goal of comprehension through summarization.  This lesson will help children achieve the steps of summarization.

Materials:

Pencil

Paper

Chalk and Chalkboard

Copies of the story: Bats Bump Into Big Trouble and Can Waves Make Electricity?

Procedures:

1. “Who knows what the word summarize means?”  Allow students to give their responses. “Today we are going to learn how to summarize a story. To summarize means find the main idea or ideas of something you have just read. When you summarize you pick out what you think is most important about the story.”  Write these steps on the board and allow students to copy on their own paper:

1.  Delete unimportant information.

2.  Delete repeated information.

3.  Substitute easy terms for list of items.

4.  Add a series of events with an easy action term.

5.  Select a topic.

6.      Invent a topic sentence if there is none.

~I am going to write a paragrapgh on the board from Bats Bump Into Big Trouble.   I want you to use the steps that you have written down to tell me the main idea.

3.   Now I want you to try summarizing an article on your own. Pass out copies of Can    Waves Make Electricity? First, read the article on your own.  Then I would like for you to answer the summarization questions that are written on the board.

What is the title of the article?

What are three sentences that support the main idea?

Write these answers in the form of a paragraph as I did on the board.

4. After every on is finished summarizing, summarize the article as a class.  Let a few students take turns telling their answers to the summarization questions.  Write the students answers on the board.  Allow students to compare the summary on the board to the summary on their own paper.

5.  Assessment: Students turn in their summaries.  Check for title, main idea and three supporting sentence.

References:

Ives, Sarah. Bats Bump Into Big Trouble. National Geographic Kids News. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/kids/2005/05/bats.html

Ives, Sarah. Can Waves Make Electricity? National Geographic Kids News.

Walton, Rebecca. Let’s be Star Summarizers!  The Reading Genie Website

http://www.auburn.edu/rdggenie/connect/waltonrl.html