Reflection: Discourse and Questioning 'Frame the Story' with Informational Text - Section 4: Students Take a Turn


I love this strategy because it is very concrete. In this video, you'll notice the student gives a lengthy retelling of what she calls a summary. It's easy to prompt this student and redirect her back to a better summary by prompting her, "Did you use the repeated words that we identified?  Was that the first or last sentence?" She immediately recognizes that she had not given the best summary.

My goal is that identifying main idea will become more habitual as they read. We will continue to practice this strategy so its less purposeful and focused and students unconsciously notice that words are repeated or that a first or last sentence is the main idea. Summarizing is typically very hard for my students, but I believe, that with practice, they can learn to summarize as they read and therefore become better readers.

  Discourse and Questioning: Prompting students to use the organizer to summarize
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'Frame the Story' with Informational Text

Unit 5: Summarizing: Use Main Idea and Supporting Details
Lesson 8 of 13

Objective: SWBAT use text features and the structure of text to summarize key details, analyzing what the author's purpose was for the text.

Big Idea: If we can put a frame around the key details, we'll have a strong summary!

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English / Language Arts, Special Education, Reading, main idea, Social Studies, Nonfiction (Reading), text features, informational text, key details, ipad, 2nd Grade, summarizing
  55 minutes
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