The Purpose of Summaries

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How can you tell the author's purpose from just a short summary? Kids read three different summaries of books to determine whether the author meant to entertain, persuade, or inform.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have kids write their own summaries for book reviews, and see if they can write one summary for each purpose
  • See which book kids would want to read based on the reviews
  • Provide additional summaries from the backs of books or from online synopses, and have kids determine what the author's purpose may have been
Classroom Considerations

  • Only three simplistic questions; augment the activity with additional questions or by requiring textual evidence

  • Comes with an answer key for easy assessment

  • None
Common Core