Reflection: Adjustments to Practice If You Heard Me....Summarize! - Section 3: Closure


I liked this lesson a lot.  We had an oddly placed afternoon time slot after the statewide testing, but I wanted to do something meaningful.  This was the perfect lesson for it.  As I mentioned in the closure, the kids ended up enjoying the activity, and I attribute that to the fact that they were able to decide how they wanted to approach the assignment.

A change I'd make is to have the kids summarize the read aloud books each time I finish one.  I sometimes lose track of this step due to other classroom obligations, but it really is a valuable one.

I was impressed with how much they remembered of the early books.  Both of the student summary examples were from the first part of the year.  Although Running Out of Time is not written in paragraph form, it is a comprehensive summary.

Easy, fun, productive. I'll look forward to this again.


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If You Heard Me....Summarize!

Unit 16: Speaking and Listening Practice
Lesson 5 of 5

Objective: TSWBAT summarize a book read by the teacher to the class either through writing or comic strips.

Big Idea: Your listening skills are on display so summarize that story the right way!

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English / Language Arts, summary (Composition Basics), sharing, word choice, summarizing, artifacts, discussions
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