The Wind in the Willows

3rd - 6th

In this study guide instructional activity, students read the book The Wind in the Willows and write summaries, use vocabulary, write questions, and more. Students complete 7 activities.

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Chapter 4 of The Secret School

Fourth graders read chapter 4 of The Secret School and answer discussion questions as they read. In this reading lesson plan, 4th graders also write a summary of what they read.

Researching and Note-Taking: Building Expertise About a Colonial Trade

Building on the previous lesson in this unit on colonial trade, the ninth lesson has young experts continuing their research and writing summaries of the information they find. To begin, children participate in guided practice where they read and summarize an informational text as a whole class, learning to focus on the question words who, what, where, when, and why. Learners then break into expert groups to reread their informational texts, while continuing to take notes and discuss their findings.  The lesson concludes with the young researchers writing a summary of their colonial trade, citing specific evidence from their reading. An excellent resource that supports in using research to create a summary of informational text.

Summarizing and Synthesizing: Planning for Writing an Apprentice Wanted Ad

In lesson 13 of this unit on colonial trade, young researchers learn about apprentices as they prepare to write help-wanted ads for the specific trade they have been researching. To begin, the class listens closely as the teacher reads aloud an informational text on apprentices while working in small groups to take notes on the information they hear. Using their notes, learners then write a summary paragraph about apprentices in colonial times. Finally, pupils participate in guided practice where the teacher models how to fill in a graphic organizer that helps plan out the help-wanted ad they will be writing in the next lesson. A great resource that uses the concept of apprenticeship to engage young scholars as they learn how to use their research in creating a piece of expository writing. 

End of Unit 2 Assessment: Working with Two Texts - Reading, Listening, Summarizing, and Synthesizing

As a summative assessment for this unit on colonial trade, fourth graders listen to and read informational texts in order to demonstrate their ability to take notes, write summaries, and draw connections. Young scholars first listen as the teacher reads aloud a text about a New York merchant, taking categorized notes on the information they hear. Next, students independently read a piece of writing about shipbuilders, once again taking notes using the provided graphic organizer. Finally, they use their notes to answer multiple choice questions, write a summary about shipbuilders, and write a paragraph describing the interdependence of these two trades. The lesson plan provides a complete assessment of the listening, reading, and writing skills developed by pupils during the course of this research-based unit.    

Give Me the Facts

Upper elementary learners examine how to write exemplary summaries. First, they read a summary and determine the quality level. After discussing the summary as a class, they attempt to write a brief summary for an event that everyone experienced. This could be a pep rally, an event in your classroom, or something as simple as the first day of school. 

Echo and Narcissus

For this Echo and Narcissus worksheet, 6th graders write a summary of the story, write vocabulary words, write an act of the play, and more. Students complete 4 activities.

Literature Study Guide: Siddhartha

Though this book report form is labeled Siddhartha, the multiple-page format would work for any novel you are reading in class. Complete with a reading schedule, a summary page, a list of generic literature response questions, and a list of 10 alternative literature activities, this resource is a great tool for your novel project. Additional materials include a plot flow chart and a character map.

What Did I Just Read

Fourth graders write a summary for each chapter as they read a novel. They summarize the author's purpose and point of view after completing the novel. They also describe about how the author's point of view affected the novel.

Springfield Wiki Project: Literature Circles - About the Author 

Learners complete an author study and create a wiki to share their work. First, they conduct research on a particular author, then write a summary, and finally, create a wiki to share their information.  

How to Write a Summary of a Book

Students explore ways to write book summaries. In this summary writing lesson, students discover the steps for writing summaries of fictional books.

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