Summarizing Hero

CaSandra Yarbrough

I. Rationale:  Summarization is very important for reading this helps students to be able to read large passages and then break them down into the important information that they need to remember about the story. This is very important to help students to comprehend the story. The purpose of reading is to comprehend what has been read by the reader. In this lesson, I will teach the students’ story sequencing as a way of learning to summarize so that they may improve their reading comprehension.


II. Materials:

- Multiple copies of “Mrs. Small is off the wall” by Dan Gutman

-Five large sheets of paper

- Markers


III. Procedures:

 1.  I will pre-assign the book “Mrs. Small is off the wall” by Dan Gutman to the entire class.  I will assign this at least a week in advance to this lesson so that the students will have read it and will know what is happening in the book. While the students are reading this book I will ask them to write down information about the book that they think is important to comprehending the story.

2.  On the day the reading is due, I will ask the students to take out their books and their paper with the information written on it.

3.  Now that everyone has completed the book Mrs Small is off the wall, we are going to learn how to write a summary. Can anyone tell me what a summary is?  A summary is a paragraph, or four to five sentences that, is written in your own words to tell about a story you have read.  Writing summaries can help you to remember what you have previously read. This process can be a lot of fun.

 4. As a class we are going to discuss what happened at the beginning of the story and write the most important facts down on the board.

5. Now that we have done this as a class I am going to divide you into groups of three to discuss the rest of the book and for you to write your summary.

6. Remember a summary is a small description of the book in your own words.

7. After the students have finished their summaries they will be given a small passage to take home to summarize and bring back the following day for review.

IV. Assessment:  I will use their summaries to assess the students’ understanding and comprehension of summarization.


V.  References:

Gutman, Dan.  Mrs. Small is off the Wall. HarperCollins Publishing. 2005

Swindall, Tamra.  “Learning to Summarize”.

Tomlinson, Lindsey.  “Comprehension in the Cold”.

Oglesby, Kara. Fun With Summarizing