Summarizing with Key Ideas

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SWBAT use key words to summarize they points from an article.

Big Idea

Students will understand that key words can help them summarize information that they've read.


15 minutes

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.

Shared Reading

10 minutes

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. 

Guided Practice

20 minutes

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.

Wrap Up/Closing

5 minutes

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.