Like a science fair, only with digging into a book, instead of digging into a science experiment. Activate prior knowledge and determine what has been learned with this handy chart. Students can stand to share their ideas. My school requires trimester book reports in which they need to write a 10-15 sentence summary. If you are uncomfortable with writing on your feet, prepare something in advance and act like you are doing it on the spot.
The result is what you will see on this page--a collection of 50 graphic organizers designed specifically for teaching literature and reading. If you are looking for a newer and more complete set of organizers, be sure to check out our newer post. Maybe read a text, then have them discuss it with a partner or small group. One topic that has never failed to interest my students is Criminals think Al Capone, Bonnie and Clyde. Will you have all students write a reflection of their performance? I also ask them to read a summary and identify different issues irrelevant details, opinions, not enough information, retelling events out of order, etc. Have students complete a concept map with you as you prepare for a unit of study.
Try this alternative strategy in your secondary classroom as a means of differentiation or scaffolding for struggling readers. I deliberately left out the graphic images on the customizable organizers simply because I don't know what grade level you teach. Although many of the organizers I found were specifically for writing, I adapted and redesigned them to better suit teachers of literature and reading. What does this look like with summarizing? This printout has been reproduced from the following book: Ellery, V. What are the fix-up strategies? I read it to my kids every year, and we refer back to it all year long. For example, I don't think seniors in high school would appreciate the presence of a cartoon bookworm on their worksheets as much as grade school or middle school kids would. I especially support use of high interest non-fiction texts.
I try to chunk my instruction into three different parts in a forty-five minute period. This is a great way to practice as a group. If your little cherubs can give you the main ideas and most important supporting details of a text in an accurate and coherent manner, they are well on their way to being masters of cognition. Keep it short, but give an overview of the down and dirty tips you expect your peeps to remember. As with any effectively taught lesson, students need breaks. However, could you share the summarising answer keys as well? We look at good examples of summaries and some examples that need improvements. This resource is now included in a large bundle with over 300 differentiated passages.
Students select and write about 6 topics of interest from their non-fiction reading. Here are those cognitive bookmarks: Customizable Graphic Organizers These organizers are customizable--you may type in the headers, subheaders, directions, and instructional material that best suit your needs. See this article for some you might use. You will find this complete, free unit here:. Thank you for such useful information. Although the above books are great books to use for this unit, I did not use them for the purpose of summary writing. These Middle School Junior High Graphic Organizers are great for teachers, homeschoolers and parents.
They really struggle when they need to apply it to the whole chapter book. Writing a good summary is not as easy as it may appear. It might be helpful to fix this worksheet to avoid presenting incorrect information to students. I teach first grade, and we are about to start our Reading Fair! For many years I did not even teach my seventh and eighth grade students how to summarize. Following, they could get up and grab the graphic organizer from across the room. A Venn diagram that allows students to compare themselves to a character.
. Finally they must express this information in their own words. Then they must identify main ideas and key points, which means that they must have a good enough understanding of the text to distinguish between essential and nonessential information. The article itself, the for the summary and the final copy of the summary are all to be passed in together along with the rubric. If only nonfiction was equally as straightforward! Another post you might be interested in is our unit of study on reading informational text. You would then draw arrows connecting the cause s to the resulting effect s.
One of my go-to sources is Newsela because it differentiates the lexile levels of the articles and provides other useful teacher resources. You really have a way with words. You will have to decide how to deal with students that did not perform proficiently on the assessment. We have created this collection of graphic organizers to help as you teach your students how to read nonfiction texts. Draw another line beneath this summary, and continue with this process until you have reached the bottom — the tip — of the pyramid.
I was using M+2D where M is the main event or idea and the 2D is two related details. Summary Worksheet 3 — Students read a long passage about the lost colony of Roanoke, highlight or underline important information, and summarize each paragraph. Is it enough for them to do a rewrite of this summary? They will highlight or underline important information in each passage, write a title for the passage related to its main idea, and create a summary. Thanks for sharing your chapter summarization work. With the first lesson, we discussed narrative text vs.