To introduce the focus of today's lesson, I divided students into groups of five and asked them to go to tables where I had several book jackets. I had students look through the jackets and tell me what they noticed. I asked students to look at what was similar about most of them. I also asked students why they thought there were not as many details as they would find in the story. Using an inquiry sheet I created some guiding questions for students to think about. I had students browse through the book jackets and jot down their thoughts or answers to the questions. Afterwards, we worked together as a class to make an anchor chart entitled What to Include in a Summary. We based these on what students saw on the book jackets. We decided on the following:
What is important?
What is happening?
Don't give too many details?
Tell in an interesting and inviting way.
To give students an opportunity to practice, I read a short story from our student basil. We don't use our basil traditionally but I like to pull stories from the book to use in shared reading activities such as this one, so students are reading from the same text. Today, I read the story aloud while students read along with their copy. I thought about the suggestions on the anchor chart and shared my thoughts with students whenever I noticed something in the story that would help me with my summary.
After reading, I asked students to re-read the story within their groups and complete a record sheet that allowed them to jot down notes to help them with summarizing while they were reading. I had students work together to do this. As students worked together, I circulated the room working with each group to help guide their thinking.
After students finished reading and note taking. I asked each group to share their notes and as a class we modified student's notes and came up solid information that would help us create a book jacket summary for this story in the next day's lesson. To close, we discussed what makes a good summary by reviewing the anchor chart.