Diving into the ocean with Summarization
Reading to Learn
Rationale: To become a successful and efficient reader, children must have the skills to comprehend what they read. For a beginning reader to reach this goal, it is necessary to learn and practice summarization skills to identify and recall main ideas in a reading. When students know how to properly summarize a passage they are able to comprehend the meaning of it better. This lesson will teach students to identify the important parts of texts they have read. Students will learn one strategy of summarization through presentation of the strategy, modeling and guided practice.
1) Poster with Summarization Rules on it:
Get rid of any unnecessary or repeated information.
Pick out the most important items or events.
Write a statement that covers everything the author is trying to say about the topic.
2) Highlighters; yellow and green (one for each student)
3) Paper (one for each student)
4) Pencils (one for each student)
5) Black Markers (one for each student)
6) Checklist: Summarization (the checklist can be used while grading summaries and can also be used as a tool for the students to self check their work before turning it in).
_______Student highlighted important ideas (yellow).
_______Did not highlight trivia (green).
_______Summary used 1+ complete sentences.
_______Students identified topic accurately.
_______Students included key details.
_______Students omitted trivia.
_______Students captured main idea of text.
Article for each child-Giant Jellyfish Invasion
One article for yourself -- The Secret Language of Dolphins (project on board or copy on a poster)
Boyer, Crispin. The Secret Language of Dolphins. http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/Stories/AnimalsNature/Dolphin-language
Buckelew, Ashley. Look Who's Summarizing! http://www.auburn.edu/academic/education/reading_genie/journeys/buckelewrl.html
Musgrave, Ruth A. (2008). Giant Jellyfish Invasion. http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/Stories/AnimalsNature/Giant-jellyfish-invasion
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