Swimming into Summarization!

Reading to learn







By:  Kiera Averett


Rationale:  Comprehension is very important in reading.  Summarization is vital to understanding reading.  This lesson focuses on summarization.  It will help students with their summarization skills through the modeling of summarizing strategies, and practicing summarization.  Students should be able to get rid of unnecessary information, pick out important details, and a write one or two sentence summary.  In order to achieve this goal, students will practice summarization by reading an article and discussing the process and their sentence summaries with a group of their peers.




Highlighters for each student

Visa Vis markers (for marking out information on the example article)

Overhead of National Geographic article:  ���On the Move��� (example article for modeling)

National Geographic article:  ���On the Menu��� (copy for each student)

Poster with summarization rules to display:

-Get rid of unnecessary information

-Pick out the most important information

-Write one or two sentences that include only the important information and conclusions drawn from the passage


Summarization checklist for Assessment:

Did the Student:



Get rid of unnecessary information?



Pick out the most important information from the article?



Write a one to two sentence summary including important information and conclusions?





1.Introduce the new comprehension strategy, summarization, to the students.  ���Today we are going to learn an important way to help us understand what we read-it is called summarization.  Can anyone tell me what summarization is? It is being able to get rid of unimportant in the text.  When we summarize, we explain the main ideas which helps us understand what we are reading.

2.Explain the rules on the poster.  1.  Get rid of unnecessary information.  2.  Pick out the most important information.  3.  Write a one to two sentence summary including important information and conclusions.

3.Model summarization.  Place the article ���On the Move��� on the overhead for students to see.  ���Now I���ll show you how you can use the three summarization rules.  Let���s read ���On the Move��� together.��� (Read it aloud with the class).   This article will tell us how different animals move.  On our summarization rules poster it says that we first need to get rid of unnecessary information.  So with this marker, I will cross out ���That���s 6,000 kilometers(4,000 miles)��� because we do not need to know the exact number of how far animals travel.(There are seven paragraphs so we will continue crossing out the unnecessary information together)  ���The next rule is to pick out the most important.���  (I will highlight the important information in the article.  For example, I would highlight information such as:  All animals move.  They walk, run, crawl, fly, and swim.  ���Our last rule is to write one or two sentences that include only the important information and conclusion drawn from the passage.  So I think my summary will be-Animals move by walking, running, crawling, flying, and swimming.  Some animals get around in different ways by what they have.���

4.���Let���s practice our new skill.  I have a copy of an article for each of you.  It is from National Geographic Kids called ���On the Menu��� that I want you to read silently.���  Give a book talk for the article.  Booktalk:  There are many ways for animals to stay away from predators.  A predator is an animal that hunts and eats other animals.  Some animals hide or run.  How do you think a fish or a lizard might stay away from predators?  You will have to read the article to find out. ���Remember our three summarization rules as you read the article.  You can look up at the poster to remind you.  As you read, I want you to mark out the unnecessary information with your pencils and highlight the main ideas.  After you finish reading the article, write a one or two sentence summary of what you read.���

5.���Now I want you to get into groups of four and share what you did to summarize your articles.  I also want you to share the sentence summary you wrote.  Give them about 10-15 minutes for discussion.  Then have them turn in their sentence summaries and articles (with their markings) to the instructor.


Assessment:  Students will be assessed on their summarization sentences and articles (with their markings).  I will use a checklist to assess their progress.  Students are required to earn at least two out of the three checks possible.  I will use this information to determine which students need to work more on this skill.



National Geographic-���On the Move���


National Geographic-���On the Menu���


Gluckman, Amanda-���Long Story Short���





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