“Summarizing what Counts”





Reading To Learn
Emily Cate Stewart

Rationale: Comprehension is what we want our students to do when they are reading to learn. Helping children        
    summarize text is a good way to help them start    

    comprehending text. This lesson is designed to help children summarize what they are reading so that they
    understand the meaning or important stuff from the

    lesson. Summarizing helps students remember the important parts of text..
 
Materials:
    Scholastic News Article from November 4, 2005 “Grand Canyon Skywalk”, one for each child.
    Chart defining how to summarize the article
    Start by deleting unnecessary info
       delete repeating info
     Write series of events using important information
     Paper and pencils for each student
 
Procedures:
1.Begin lesson by giving each student a copy of “Grand Canyon Skywalk” 11/4/05, A Scholastic News Article. GO AHEAD AND BEGIN READING THIS ARTICLE. BUT I WANT YOU TO KEEP IN MIND WHAT IS IMPORTANT AND IF YOU HAVE TO READ SOMETHING TWICE TO GRASP THE TRUE MEANING THEN GO AHEAD AND REREAD IT.

2.ONCE YOU HAVE FINISHED READING I WANT YOU TO MARK THE PLACE YOU LEFT OFF READING WITH YOUR BOOKMARK AND TURN OVER YOUR PAPER.

3.NEXT WE ARE GOING TO PRACTICE SUMMARIZING WHAT WE HAVE JUST READ SO THAT WE HAVE KNOWLEDGE ABOUT THE IMPORTANT THINGS WE JUST READ ABOUT.

4.TO SUMMARIZE AN ARTICLE, YOU NEED TO TRY TO FIND THE IMPORTANT, MEANINGFUL PARTS OF THE ARTICLE

5.READ THE CHART WITH THESE SUGGESTIONS FOR SUMMARIZING:
        Start by deleting unnecessary info
        delete repeating info
        Write series of events that are significant to the topic

6.IF YOU WILL FOLLOW THE CHART AS YOU READ, IT SHOULD BE ABLE TO SUMMARIZE WHAT YOU READ

7.NOW STUDENTS I WANT YOU TO BREAK UP INTO GROUPS OF THREE AND USE THE CHART TO FIND THE IMPORTANT MEANING OF THE ARTICLE. I WANT ONE OF YOU TO READ AND THE OTHER TWO TO STOP THE READER AS YOU HEAR IMPORTANT DETAILS THAT DEFINE THE MEANING OF THE STORY, AND I WANT THE WHOLE GROUP TO WRITE IT DOWN.

8.IN THE END I WANT EACH GROUP TO ANSWER THE QUESTIONS WHICH WILL HELP YOU FORM AN ACCURATE SUMMARY
      1)What is the Article about?
      2)Where is the article taaking place?
      3)Who or what is involved in this news story?
      4)Is their a problem?

9.After each group is done bring me your summaries and we will chart everyone’s findings.

10.To end the assignment we will decide the best answer for each question and write a large class summary and display that summary and all of the group summaries on our reading bulletin board.

References:

Summarizing the Good Stuff!
  By: Whitni DeNamur.                                                                                                              

Get the Skinny!  Summarize a Story!
By: Kristin Herren.

Scholastic Internet News Source


“Strategies that Improve Children’s Memory and Comprehension of Text.”  Pressley, et al.  The Elementary School Journal.  Volume 90, Number 1.  1989

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