Super Summarizers!

Casey Gaines


The objective of this lesson is to teach readers how to read to learn. The ultimate goal of reading is comprehension.  In order for students to develop reading comprehension, they must use comprehension strategies.  Summarization is one important comprehension strategy for readers, being able to summarize a large amount of texts makes comprehension easier for students. Students will learn how to obtain meaning and understanding from texts they read.  This lesson will teach students how to identify important ideas and key details from the passages they read while learning to eliminate the unnecessary details through modeling, guided practice and individual practice.  


·        Class set of "Gorilla Rescue" article.

·        Paper

·        Pencils for each student

·        High lighters for each student.

·        Smartboard

·        Assessment rubric 


·        Begin with telling the class what comprehension strategy they will be learning, "Today we will be learning how to summarize a block of text.  Summarizing means to read a passage and take the important parts and make it smaller and memorable.  Taking the main idea out of something is making a summary. Summarizing is very helpful because it is very hard to remember a lot of words in a passage that you read, and so when you summarize you can just get the main idea and create a summary to help you remember what you read." "We will practice summarizing together, and then you will try some on your own!"

·        MODEL:"The first step when we summarize is to get rid "delete" the information that is not important for the main idea.  The best way to get rid of that information is to cross it out, since we don't highlight or write in our textbooks I have printed out copies of a practice article for us to practice on.  As you read your copy I want you to practice and I want you to decide what information in the article is important, and if you don't think it is just cross it out.  Once we have read through it once and crossed out unimportant things, we move on the next step, which is rereading what is not crossed out to make sure the passage still gives the main idea. If there are some things still needed to be crossed out, then do so and if not then take your highlighter and go over the important things with your highlighter. After that, we will come up with a topic sentence that covers the whole text." "Does anyone have questions about any part in the summarizing process?"

·        "Now that we know the steps for summarizing, we need to practice this skill so that we can be even better comprehensive readers." I will write the steps on the board and explain them one more time as I write them so that they will be able to refer to them as they practice. 

·        Explain to the students that the article that we are about to read has some vocabulary that they may not know.  "In this article we are going to hear and see some new words that we have never seen before.  For example, the second word in the sentence is "poachers" which means illegal hunters, which means that they are people who are not supposed to be hunting.  While you all are reading the article I want you to underline the words that you have never seen before and we will go over them as a class so that everyone can have a better understanding of this new vocabulary that we come across."

·        "This article is "Gorilla Rescue" and this article is about these "poachers"/illegal hunters who have captured a baby gorilla and taken it away from its parents.  This article talks about how they got the gorilla and where they took it.  how did they capture the baby gorilla? What happened to its parents? Will the illegal hunters, "poachers" get in trouble for what they have done? What will happen to the baby gorilla now? "well we are going to read to find out!" "I want you all to remember those important questions as you read the article".

·        We are going to start off by reading the first paragraph of "Gorilla Rescue" together as a class.  I want you all to put highlighters and pencils in your desk so that we are tempted to mark just quite yet. I am going to read the first paragraph aloud and I want each of you to follow along with your finger." (Go through the reading, making stops after every sentence to examine whether or not the information is important for the main idea of the article.  Discuss with the class the importance.  Cross out information that is not important (delete).  When we are done crossing out, highlight the important words and read through only the highlighted portion again.)

·        "Great job helping me pick out what was important enough to capture the main idea in a summary!" "Now I want you guys to go through the rest of the article and take it paragraph by paragraph and summarize the rest of the article.  When you are done making your marks on your paper and deleting words and highlighting the important things I want youto bring your paper up to my desk and I will give you a sheet with some questions to answer about the article, because I want to make sure that you figured out those questions that we talked about at the beginning.



        The assessments will be each students completed summary of the remainder of the article.  I will grade them based on the assessment chart.  I will also ask them to answer questions about the article to make sure they understood and were able to comprehend the reading.   

How did they capture the baby gorilla?

 What happened to its parents?

Will the illegal hunters, "poachers" get in trouble for what they have done?

What will happen to the baby gorilla now?

Evaluation chart:

When summarizing, did the student…



Delete unimportant information?



Delete repeated information?



Organize items with a big idea?



Select a topic?



Write an inclusive, simple topic sentence to summarize the passage?






Article for summarizingà


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EL design inspiration  à Kelsey Furroux

Ava Sewell

Leigh Wagner

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