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Writing Summaries

Writing Summaries
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Writing Summaries helps your students closely read a text, find the main idea (focus), select key details, and write an effective summary. Summarizing skills aid learning in all classes. Instructions, activities, examples, 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. Then they try their hand summarizing photographs, picking out the details. Afterward, they read a sample article and a summary written in response. Finally, they read another article and develop a summary from it:

  • Prewriting activities help students closely read the article, discover the main idea, and select key details.
  • Writing activities help students start by naming the article and author and capturing the main idea. 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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