Set … Sum!
goal of reading is for the reader to comprehend what they are reading.
Readers need to be able to understand the text and understand what it
lesson will help students summarize what they are reading by choosing
that are more or less important than other ones. Eventually, this will
students with their comprehension.
4. black markers
5. copy of the article
Fossils Reveals Real-Life
for each student
6. poster with paragraph written on
it - Last Tuesday I was very busy. I went to my
grandmother’s house. Albert did not go with me. Then I went to the
because I was hungry. I forgot my snack. After I went to the store, I
7. poster with rules on it - 1.) Get rid
unnecessary information 2.) choose the important terms 3.) write
everything the author is trying to say about the story
we are going to learn some very important things about learning. We
how to read a text and then come up with a summary of what they text
Who knows what I mean when I say “summary”? (give the children
an opportunity to respond and give asssitance if needed). That’s right, a summary
the important information we read in a text. When you are able to
then you know you understood what they story was about.
- I am
going to read a
sentence aloud and then I want to say it silently to myself. Can anyone
tell me what I mean by “silently”? (give
the children an opportunity to respond and give asssitance if needed)That’s
right! It means to read it to
yourselves without making any noises. I am going to show you what I
want you all to do (model for them). "Last Tuesday I was
very busy" (now read it silently to model how to do it). Now I am going
to read the rest of the paragraph aloud and I want each of you to
follow along with me silently (finish reading the
rest of the paragraph
aloud from the poster board it is written on so every student has an
opportunity to view it).
- Now I
would like us to
talk about what is important in the paragraph. What is the most
important idea in this paragraph? Last Tuesday I was very
highlight the words Last Tuesday and busy. Now what should we do with
the rest of the sentence? That’s right. Rule #1 says to get rid of it
so we will cross it out (continue through the
rest of the paragraph,
crossing out unnecessary information and highlighting the important
that we have
decided what the most important information, we can make up a summary.
Lets take the highlighted parts and make a summary (have
help pointing out the important information).
- When we
there are 3 important rules we need to remember (show the
rules on the poster board so every child has an opportunity to see
them). 1.) Get rid of any
unnecessary information, 2.) Choose the important items and 3.) Write
eveerything the author is trying to say about the story. The best part about the rules is
that we used
each of them while we were summarizing the story and did not
realize we were doing it!
- We are going to look
at an article about a sea monster named Godzilla. Part of Godzilla's
body was found and discovered to be very old. In order to find out more
information about Godzilla and what he is, you all will have to read
the article I amo going to pass out. Here are some
highlighters, markers, paper, pencils and articles for each of you. We
are going to read the first two paragraphs of the article together. Now I
like each of you to take your highlighters and while we are reading,
highlight the important
information, then take your marker and cross out the information that
is not important. Then take the highlighted information and make a
sentence out of it.
that we did the
first two paragraphs together, I would like you all to finish the rest
of the article. Read the article silently and make sure you use the
three rules to help you. I will have the rules posted on the board.
Make sure to also use your highlighter and
markers like we did in class. Then write your summaries.
that you all are
finished, I would like each of you to discuss what you wrote about
the students have time with group members if needed for assistance).
In order to assess what the children have done, ask them to turn in
their completed work in order for you to assess it. If the majority of
the students need more assistance, include another activity with more
modeling. In only a few need asssistance, pull them aside in class to
see what trouble they are having.
Lovgren. National Geographic Kids News.
Marilyn Jager. Beginning
to Read: Thinking and Learning About Print. Illinois. 1990. 148 pgs
3. Haley Davis' Sum It All Up! - http://www.auburn.edu/rdggenie/constr/robertsrl.html
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