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The Cay has been criticized by groups such as the Council on Interracial Books for Children because of the way race is portrayed. Explore the argument against the book while taking the author's perspective into account. Class members read Theodore Taylor's obituary, adding to a graphic organizer from the previous lesson and filling out a new chart about a specific excerpt. Once they've finished their notes, individuals summarize the argument that the novel includes racist ideas using details from the obituary and the novel.
Drop everything and check out this amazing resource! It includes everything a teacher would need to teach a child how to summarize text and compose written summaries. It begins with goals and vocabulary and then provides page after page of research-based and evidence-based strategies that are proven to effectivly teach comprehension through summarization, sequencing, plot events, key details, and main ideas. Also included are graphic organizers, story maps, and worksheets that can be printed and used in conjunction with each outlined teaching strategy. Fantastic!
Learners review the five steps to summarization. They then read the article "Whoooo-o Are You?" silently. As a class they summarize a small section of the article using the five steps included. Finally, the students summarize individually a separate section of the article.
Students summarize a selected piece of text from the book "Frindle". After reviewing the correct way to read silently, students read a chapter from the book. They write a summary paragraph by creating a story web and using the process outlined by the instructor.
Young scholars summarize an article in this lesson. Students observe the teacher summarizing a short paragraph. They then look at a National Geographic KIDS and read an article. They use a highlighter to highlight important facts to be included in their summary.
Young scholars watch a video of how squirrels are rehabilitated back into nature and summarize it. They watch the video twice, paying close attention to detail. Before summarizing, they check their notes for important details and fill out a graphic organizer. A good exercise for reinforcing summarizing skills. All materials are included here. 
Students summarize a selected piece of text nonfiction text. After reviewing the process for summarizing, students read a nonfiction article, highlighting important information as they read. They write a summary paragraph using the five step process demonstrated by the instructor.
Stuart Little is a great book and summarizing is a very important skill our students need to learn. After completing the book Stuart Little, 4th graders summarize the book by drawing images and creating a podcast. This instructional activity addresses both technology and Language Arts standards.
Upper graders recognize and hone the skills needed to complete a valuable summary. They complete a group summary, and then reread their summaries to find the main idea and supporting details. They put practice to the test as they summarize another article on their own.
Students read the newspaper.  In this newspaper instructional activity, students become familiar with the various parts of a newspaper. They read specific parts, highlight important information and summarize what they read. 
Pupils watch a video and write a summary about a symbolic totem pole. In this symbolism lesson, students discuss the components of summarizing and watch a video about a totem pole. Pupils write a summary of the video and discuss the symbolism elements. Students complete a symbolism worksheet and a levels of meaning reflection worksheet.
Students summarize a non-fiction article in this lesson. They review a six step process for summarization. They then read the assigned article, and work as a class to write a summary using the five steps provided. They then write an individual summary.
Students practice summarizing in this lesson. They are given a set of steps to follow to summarize an article from "National Geographic Kids." The teacher models the use of the summarizing steps, and then they practice summarizing independently.
Wouldn't it be great if we could slow down the sun and make the days longer? That's exactly what happens in Maui and the Sun, as retold by June Mesler. Beginning with an independent reading of this interesting creation myth, learners focus on identifying the problem and solution of the story before participating in a whole-class discussion. To conclude the lesson, children demonstrate their reading comprehension and writing skills by creating short summaries of the tale. Include this lesson as part of a language arts unit on creation myths, making comparisons between the stories told by various cultures from around the world.
Young scholars work in groups to complete a story map. In this literacy activity based on the story Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, students work cooperatively to complete a storymap. Young scholars then share and create a summary putting their group work together. Students study vocabulary of exaggerated language used in the story. young scholars draw pictures to illustrate parts of the book.
Headlines from newspapers launch a discussion of image-rich, meaty words. Just as headline writers choose vivid vocabulary to attract readers, young writers develop headlines that capture the essence of a passage from a book they are reading. The focus here is on the words that create a compelling summary of a text.
Everyone loves learning about the solar system. Learners choose a planet to do research on and are evaluated on a precise summary of the planet they chose. They work in small groups to do this activity and post the summary on slapastory.com. This lesson includes resource links and a rubric for grading.
Create a buzz in your class with this collection of learning activities for the book Hi! Fly Guy. Including a list of comprehension questions, a sequence of events activity, a summary writing assignment, and a vocabulary list, this resource covers a wide variety of literacy skills. Choose to either work through the different activities as a whole class or assign them as independent classwork to supplement a reading of this fun children's story.
Sixth graders review organizational elements of informational text to locate important ideas. They enhance their skills by writing a simple citation, and evaluate one another's summaries for effectiveness. Several worksheets are included to help your writers create their summary, but the Transition Words and Phrases page is especially helpful. Dozens of transition words are provided for your young learners to select and experiment with. 
Children can learn to analyze expository or informational texts at nearly any age. This scaffolded and scripted resource provides teachers with the support needed to facilitate a thoughtful instructional activity on summarizing informational text by identifying the main idea through the supporting details. The class works together to identify key details, summarize, and pin point the main idea of several paragraphs.