"Seeking Out the Facts"
Comprehension plays a huge role in reading.
way to increase comprehension is through summarizing.
Being able to summarize what one reads helps
one comprehend what they read better.
Summarizing also teaches students how to pick out the important
information and leave out the less important information.
In this lesson, students will learn to delete
trivia when reading expository text, pick out the key information, and
create a topic sentence about the text.
copy of Seeking the Stars, One copy for each student of Seeking
Stars, Yellow and Black overhead marker, Yellow and Black marker
student, One copy of Saving the Saiga
for each student.
- Today we are going to learn a way to
increase our comprehension. Who can tell
me what comprehension is? That’s
right-comprehension is when we remember what we read after we are done
reading. We are going to learn a way to
increase our comprehension called summarizing. We
are going to learn how to get rid of all the useless information, pick
out what’s important, and then write a topic sentence about what we
- Now I am going to model how to
summarize and you are going to practice along with me. (Write all of
the steps of summarizing on the board for reference.)
Pass out the article Seeking the Stars out to all
students. Also make a transparency of the article and put it in the
overhead. Have a black marker for crossing
out trivia and a yellow marker for highlighting important information. Pass out black and yellow markers to students. I am going to read an article
aloud to you. Everyone listen very closely. (Read the article aloud to students.) Now that
I am done reading we are going to go back and cross out the trivia or
useless information with a black marker. We
want to mark out all of the information that is not important to the
story. Will you help me figure out
what is useless? (Have students call out
facts/sentences that are useless.) You
mark out on your paper what we decided is useless.
Now that we have crossed out the sentences that have useless
information, let’s highlight the important facts. The
important facts are the statements and sentences in the article that
are very important. (Have
students call out important facts/.sentences.) You
highlight the important facts. Now I am
going to find a topic sentence in the article. After
we find a topic sentence we are going to write our own topic sentence
that summarizes what we read. You write
your own topic sentences based on the things we highlighted. (Walk around the room and look at each of the
students topic sentences. If students are
off help guide them in the right direction.)
- So let’s review how we summarize. The first thing we do is read the article. This time you are going to read your article
silently. Remember what we do when we read
silently? That’s right we sit quietly and
read to ourselves. If you need to you can
mouth the words, just make sure you are being silent. The
next thing we do is cross out all of the trivia or useless information
with our black marker. After we cross out
all of the useless information, we highlight all the important
information with our yellow marker. Then
we read the important facts and create a topic sentence that summarizes
- Now it’s your turn to practice
summarizing. I am handing out everyone an
article to read silently and then summarize. The
name of the article is Saving the Saiga.
What do you think a saiga is? Where
do you think the saiga lives? (Allow time
for student responses.) This
is an article about an endangered antelope in Asia
and what scientists are trying to do to save the antelope.
After you read the article silently you should first cross
out the useless information, then highlight the important information,
and then write a topic sentence to summarize the article.
Raise you hand if you need help and I will come around and
- To assess the students have them turn
in their article with their markings. That
will give you a good idea that they understand what is important and
what is not. Also have students turn in
their topic sentence. Once students have
turned their work in call students up one by one to ask comprehension
questions about the article they just read, Saving the
Autrey, Sarah. Let’s
Get the Facts.
Fox, Catherine Clark.
Seeking the Stars.
Fox, Catherine Clark.
Saving the Saiga