Reading to Learn
As children become fluent readers, comprehending exactly what they are reading is extremely important. In assessing comprehension, being able to summarize a story can fully show that a student understands a story well enough to sum it up. This lesson is designed to help children recognize the main idea of a particular story in order to summarize it into their own words by reading a story and summarizing it as they read and then by summarizing the story as a whole in the end.
-Muggie Maggie by Beverly Cleary. Published by Avon Books Inc. (1990).
Write these on the board for the students to see and use as they read.
Redundant Information was taken out Yes No
Trivial Information was taken out Yes No
There are only main points in the summary Yes No
Walk around the room as they are writing their summaries, and read them to see if they are truly understanding the story as well as summarizing correctly. This will give you an idea of where they stand when it comes to comprehension and summarization.
Continue doing this over the course of reading this book. At the end of the book, have children summarize the entire book for a final assessment of each child.
Cleary, Beverly. (1990). Muggie Maggie. New York, NY: Avon Books Inc.
Dr. Murray’s Reading Genie: http://www.auburn.edu/rdggenie/chall/palmerrl.html
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