Writing Summaries

Writing Summaries
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Writing Summaries helps your students closely read a text, find the main point, select key details, and write an effective summary. Summarizing skills aid learning in all classes. Instructions, activities, examples, videos, interactives, and downloads help students gain new summarizing skills. You can also present this unit right from your interactive whiteboard.

First students read about summarizing and watch an introductory video. Then they try their hand summarizing photographs, picking out the details. Afterward, they read a sample article and summary write in response to them. Then they read another article and develop a summary from it:

  • Prewriting activities help students closely read the article, discover the main point, and select key details.
  • Writing activities help students start by naming the article and author and capturing the main point. In the middle, students provide just the key details of the article. The ending wraps up the summary.
  • Revising activities help students use their own words (paraphrase) and revise with a checklist.
  • Editing examples and a checklist help students ensure correct conventions in their summaries.
  • Publishing and reflecting activities help students create a clean final copy and generalize their new summarizing skills into all their classes.

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