Fifth graders identify elements of an effective summary, practice in groups at creating one and then write summaries independently. The lesson emphasizes identifying main ideas, using supporting details and composing a draft.
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Science Learning Summary Guide
Apply reading standards to your science curriculum by asking pupils to complete this guide. Individuals note down important vocabulary as well as two ideas they learned and two supporting facts for each idea. They then take this...
3rd - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Simple Summary Concepts: summary, summarizing, main ideas,
Can your class sum up a text in a few sentences? Help them build this skill by starting out nice and slow. For this summarizing activity, the teacher marks main ideas with sticky notes. Learners read the text and then read it again, this...
3rd - 6th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Comparing Two Stories
Compare new and old versions of the classic story Alice in Wonderland in this comprehensive activity packet. Learners read an excerpt from the original, answering several analysis questions. They do the same for a more modern version,...
4th - 6th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
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...
5th - 6th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Chicago Changer: Jane Addams
The power of a single person to change a community is amazing. Read about about how Jane Addams witnessed people living terrible lives in Chicago and chose to do everything she could to help them. When finished, young learners identify...
4th - 5th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
A Garden in Lawndale
We are all capable of changing the world for the better; all it takes is a spark. Read about a group of seventh grade students in Chicago, IL who took it upon themselves to improve their community by turning a vacant lot into a garden....
3rd - 5th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Writing Effective Summaries
Drafting a strong first sentence for a summary is an important step. Writers can use the formula presented on this handout to get started. The resource lists three steps to put together a strong topic sentence, as well as tips and hints...
4th - 12th English Language Arts
Frame Story "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County"
Mark Twain's frame story, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" provides an opportunity for a study of this story-within-a-story pattern. Using an illustrated template, class members record a plot summary of the frame story...
5th - 7th Visual & Performing Arts