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Summarizing

This freebie is meant to help readers distinguish between retelling and summarizing fiction text. Why is that important? Retelling is great for sequencing skills and retaining information, however it requires a relatively low cognitive load. Summarizing, on the other hand, challenges readers to focus on the big picture, paraphrase the author's words, and determine which events are the most important to the overall theme of the book.

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Summarizing Task Cards: Informational Text Short Passages

Each of these 24 Task Cards features a short, nonfiction paragraph. Students are challenged to summarize the paragraph in just twelve words or less. $

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