Strategies for Teaching Summarizing
#1 Who, What, Where, Why, and How
Who is the primary person/character?
What is the most important event or detail? What caused the event to occur?
Where did it happen?
Why did it happen?
How is this important? OR How is the problem solved? OR How does this affect those involved?
#2 Somebody Wanted Because But So
|Somebody||the main character or group of people|
|But||conflict or problem|
|resolution or solution to the problem|
Stem Questions for Writing Summaries
Here are a series of questions and instructions you might ask students to help them know that a summary is what they are asked to do:
- Write a summary.
- Get to the heart of the matter.
- Write the key concepts, ideas, or phrases.
- Sum up the information.
- What is the gist of the article?
Summarizing on Pinterest
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Summarizing Unit on Teachers Pay Teachers
If you are looking for additional materials to teach inference, you may wish to take a look at this unit on Teachers Pay Teachers. Mini posters, Lap Book, Games, and Printables are just some of the activities your students will enjoy in this Summarizing Pack.