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need to be able to not only be able to read the words, but also
important information and events that take place. At
the end of this lesson, students will be
able to read a passage of a text and summarize the passage by pulling
Summarizing" poster (1. Delete
anything that you know is not important in the
story. 2. Pick out items and events that you know are important. 3.
statement that covers everything
the writer is saying about the topic.)
Highlighter for each
of Science News for
Kid's news article: Recipe
for a Hurricane by
Emily Sohn for each student.
trivia and redundancies
Super ordinate items and events
Find or compose a statement that covers everything the writer is saying
the lesson by explaining what summarizing
is. "Summarizing is when we read a text
and then make a statement, covering all the key facts the authors is
about the subject. You should not
include details in a summary. I want you
to include the main ideas, which is the reason for why the author wrote
passage. Now, we are going to be reading
and practicing summarization."
want everyone to read silently. Remember,
that nobody is supposed to hear you
when you are reading silently. Everyone
take out a practice book from your desk and show me that you can read
for two minutes."
We will now take out the Steps to Summarizing
Poster. "There are three steps I want
everyone to take when summarizing. First, delete anything that you know
important to the story. Second, pick out
items and events that you know are important.
Third, compose a statement that cover everything the author is
about the topic. These steps are very
important and should always be used when summarizing a passage that you
I will model summarization. I will use an
informational passage that we
have recently read and everyone is familiar with. Does
everyone remember reading this story
yesterday? I am going to summarize,
using the summarizing steps and we will all be able to recall what the
was about." I will now go through the
steps of summarizing, writing important parts on the board to use for
summarization. Make sure to point out
the details that should be left out and are not important to the main
that you have seen me summarize, we are all going
to do it. " I will now pass out a copy of
the Science News for Kid’s news article: Recipe for a
Hurricane by Emily
Sohn to each student. I will introduce the article; "I’m sure all of
heard about the dangers of a hurricane recently or at least seen it on
TV. Well, every year major storms cause
damage across the country. There is
nothing people can do to stop the force of nature.
New technologies are being developed each day
to detect these storms earlier, so that we can be prepared for when
I will ask each student to now take out the article and
read silently at their desk. They will
be given highlighters to highlight important information, but no
everyone is finished reading the article, I will ask
the students to get into groups of two and summarize the text they have
read. The Steps to Summarizing Poster
will be on the board as a reference. Each
of the group’s summary will be used as an assessment tool.
I will assess each summary by using the
Sohn, Emily. Recipe for a Hurricane.
Science News for Kids
Ashley. Lets Sum it all up!
Jenna. Chunks, Chunks and More Chunks. http://www.auburn.edu/academic/education/reading_genie/constr/wardrl.html