Let's Sum It All Up!

Anna Kaye Whiddon

Learning To Read



In order for the student to understand the text they are reading, they need to know how to comprehend the story and make sense of it. Summarization will help the students to gather and remember the important facts in the text. This lesson includes activities that will help the students practice this.


        Summarization Rules written on board:

1.     Pick out the most important information and highlight the key words

2.     Substitute a series of events for a list of items.

3.     Add a series of events with an easy action term

4.     Write a sentence that covers everything that is important information from the passage.

5.     Invent a topic sentence if there is not one.

     Copies of the National Geographic For Kids article ‰€œSpring Peepers‰€�
     Notebook Paper

Assessment checklist:

Did the Student



Pick out important info?



Write a sentence using important information?






To start off the lesson, I will ask the class who knows the meaning of comprehension. I will post the difference definitions on the board and then explain the meaning. Comprehension means that we understand what we read and are able to remember it after we are done reading. Being able to sum up the story will help us understand the main parts.


I will then explain summarization and the rules in order to do this while finding the most beneficial parts of the text.


I will pass out the article, ‰€œSpring Peepers‰€�.  I will tell them that we are going to practice summarizing with this article.


Each student will be given a highlighter where they will use this to help focus on the main parts of the article.


As a class, we will talk about which parts were the most important and would help us write a summary in the shortest form. Then we will write a summary together.


After we have written a summary, the students will split up into pairs and talk about their summary and which parts they put in that they thought were the most important.



I will go around with the checklist and listen while they are paired in the groups to make sure everyone understands the assignment.



‰€œSpring Peepers‰€� National Geographic for Kids, 2009 http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/Stories/


Lesson Design by Mandy Jones


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