Summarizing is Superb!!!
Paper and Pencils for each student
Teacher Summarization checklist for each pair of students
2. “Okay, next we are going to review how we read silently. You pull out a book and read each page silently to yourself. You do not talk to anyone around you, and you do not read so the person next to you can hear you. Watch me read silently.” Take out a book and model how to read silently for a few seconds. “See, that’s how we read silently. Now, I want you to pull out your library books and show me that you know how to read silently.” Have students pull out books and read silently for a few moments.
3. Explain the 3 steps to summarizing to the students and write them on the board in words that the students will understand: pick out important items and events, get rid of unnecessary information, and find and compose a statement that covers everything that writer is saying about the topic.
4. “Now I am going to show you how to do this by using one of the paragraphs in your Science books.”
5. Pass out the Jaguar article to the students. “Today we are going to read this article and summarize it. You will read it silently and then you will work with a partner to summarize it.” Give a quick talk about the article (like a book talk, do not simply summarize it because that is what the students will be doing.)
6. Have the students begin reading, after they have read through the article, have them write down important information on a separate sheet of paper. This will help them visually see the information.
7. Then, in pairs, the students will summarize the article. Remind them to use the summarizing steps. Walk around the room as they are summarizing to make sure that everyone is on the right track. Give feedback to students as you walk around.
8. For assessment, take up all papers to see if the students are successfully using the summarization strategy. Meet with any group that needs further help. Evaluate the paragraphs using the following checklist:
· Does the group have a main idea sentence?
· Does the group have at least 3 good supporting details?
· Do the supporting details actually support the group’s main idea?
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