Summing up Winter!
Reading to Learn Lesson

Brice Jackson

Rational: The main goal in reading is comprehension.  A good tool for comprehension of texts is summarization.  This includes picking out the main points of the story compared with the less trivial information surrounding the main points.


- Copies of An Early Winter by Marion Dane Bauer for each child


1. Begin lesson with a review of silent reading.  Today we are going to begin reading the story, An Early Winter.  So get out your books.  I want you to begin reading the first chapter, but I want you to read it silently.  So you can practice this by whispering as you read.  Then, mouth the words as you read along.  Last of all, continue to read, but shut your mouth all together as you read.  Read the first paragraph this way and then stop.

2. Today we are going talk about summarization or simply summing up what you read.  What does it mean to sum up?  Good, summing up a reading means picking out the main points of your story.  Look at the board.  (4 steps of summarization will be written on the board.)  Look at these four steps.
    a. Pick out main ideas to the story.
    b. Pick out less important information or repeated information and disregard.
    c. Write out sentence for each main idea.
    d. Combine these into a summarization paragraph.

3. We are going to read the first chapter of An Early Winter.  I am going to read the first half of the chapter to you, and I would like you to follow along in your own books.  As I read though, I am going to think as I read.  When I come across something in the story that you and I think is important, I will write that idea on the board.  Model summarization techniques here by reading the first half the first chapter, stopping at its main points, and writing them on the board.  Encourage the students to raise their hand if they think something is important.  Stop half way through the chapter.

4. Now I want you to read the rest by your self and continue to pick out the main ideas.  So take out a separate sheet of paper and pencil.  Use your paper just to jot down the main ideas as you come across them.  When you are finished.  Use the main ideas from the board and your ideas from the rest of the chapter to make a summary paragraph.  Walk around as the read and write down their ideas and summaries helping them with any questions they might have.

5. Assessment:  For homework I want you to read the next chapter of our story, and write down the main ideas from the chapter.  Tomorrow we will come back together with our lists to make a summary paragraph in small groups.  You have to have at least three points that you have come up with that I will look over as you meet in your groups.  This way they can share their ideas and help each other to see if they are on the right track.


Emily Watts: Super Summarizer

Kelly Preston: It's Super to Summarize!

Autumn B. Sims: What's the Main Idea?

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