Reflection: Grappling with Complexity Summarizing Our Reading - Section 3: Teaching the Lesson


According to Robert Marzano, graphic organizers like this one fall into one of those nine highly effective strategies that yield strong retention in learning.  Graphic organizers are necessary to give students those parameters they need when learning new information.  His research says that teaching students to summarize what they read will increase their learning by 34% points. 

Summarizing other scientists work can be tricky if you do not know how to pull out what is important and pertinent to your own work.  Knowing the difference between facts and opinions will help a scientist direct the questions they may have for their own research.  That takes practice.  

A graphic organizer can offer the framework to make this an easier process for students. 

  Why use Graphic Organizers?
  Grappling with Complexity: Why use Graphic Organizers?
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Summarizing Our Reading

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Lesson 4 of 11

Objective: SWBAT summarize a piece of scientific text.

Big Idea: Reading scientific literature is one way scientists learn from others and know what the latest research claims and what questions still need to be answered.

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Science, scientific text
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