Sum It Up

By: Lindsey Stewart


Rationale: Comprehending the important information and events from the words the children are now able to read is an important ability for children to obtain. At the end of this lesson, students will be able pull the important information from a passage after reading the text.



"Steps to Summarizing" poster

Dry Erase Maker

Document Camera

Copy of Who Did Patrick’s Homework for each student

Pencil for each student

Copy of Quiz for each student



1."Today we are going to learn what it means to summarize a passage. Summarize means give a brief statement that presents the main points of the passage. You should not include details in a summary, but you should include the reason why the author wrote this passage.  First, we are going to learn and practice summarization."

2.“To begin, everyone look to the board as we take a look at the Steps to Summarizing Poster.  There are three steps I want everyone to take when summarizing. First, delete anything that you think is not important to the story.  Second, pick out items and events that you believe are important.  Third, compose a statement that cover everything the author is saying about the important topics.  These steps are very important and are the things I will be looking for as you summarize your passage.

3."Now, I will show you what I mean by using these steps in summarization. For this example, I am going to use the passage we read as a class yesterday.  Does everyone remember reading this story? Great! Now, I am going to summarize, using the summarizing steps and we will all be able to recall what the story was about. (display story on document camera) First I am going to mark out all of the information I do not find important. (Mark out sentences) Next, I am going to underline the important facts of the story. Now that I know what the important information is, I need to determine why the author wrote this passage. (write the idea on the board) Lastly, I will compose a statement of the purpose and all the important details that I have underlined. (Write the statement out on the board)

4."Now, that you have seen me summarize, I want each of you to try and do it. I am passing out a copy of Who Did Patrick’s Homework? By Carol Moore to each student. This story is about a little boy named Patrick who did not like to do his homework. Yet, somehow he got all A’s in his classes. You will have to read to find out how Patrick pulled this off.

5.“Each of you has three minutes to read this passage. Remember to underline the important information, but no details. “Ok, Stop. Now that everyone is finished reading the article, I want you to get into groups of two and summarize the text they have just read. The Steps to Summarizing Poster will be on the board as a reference.”




To ensure that each student was able to pick out the important information I will pass out a quiz with 5 questions referencing the important pieces of the passage.



Crump, Amy.


Moore, Carol. Who Did Patrick’s Homework?

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