Strategies for Teaching Summarizing

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
Wanted/Because main events
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

This Pinterest board is dedicated to pins to help teach reading skills. Just click on the image to visit the board.

Summarizing on PinterestFree Printable Graphic Organizer

 Just click on the images to download a pdf version of the organizers.

Graphic Organizer of the 5 W's


Somebody-Wanted/Because-But-So-Then Organizer

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.


Summarizing on Teachers Pay Teachers


Gay Miller


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1 comment

    • Hayden on June 10, 2015 at 11:25 am

    This article and many other on your website are very interesting.

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