We are always asking students to summarize what they read. Summarizing takes practice- & a lot of it. It also involves consciously using other reading skills like identifying the main idea, inferring, determining importance and identifying story elements. There’s so much going on in this process of summarizing that seems so simple to us as adults. I have looked at the method of “somebody wanted,
Kids are naturally curious and are often curious about the same thing, like “What makes the moon shine?” or “How do planes fly?” These research projects will help students find answers to the Why’s and How’s as they practice research skills like summarizing, reading for detail, and more!
ELA standard 3.RL2: Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text. I will use this chart to lead class discussions on retelling/summarizing stories throughout the year from our CC reading series.
Giants of the North American Savannas. An article that summarizes the mega fauna that lived in North America during the Pleistocene (about 2,588,000 to 11,700 years ago). Image is an Artist’s rendition of a Stag Moose being hunted by saber-toothed cats.
It's All About Evidence: Graphic Organizers for Grades 5-9
These fun organizers focus on two literacy skills: #1 Key Ideas and Details (e.g. close reading, summarizing) and #2 Integration of Knowledge (e.g. evaluating claims, extracting evidence). #strugglingreaders ~ Available at TpT.