We discussed what summarizing was, and created a chart. :)
We also talked a lot about how you need to include an ending, and that you don't want your summary to be too long-you want to hit on the highlights-not everything that happened. We decided 5-8 sentences was a good length! :)
First, we focused on a fiction summary.
I used the book How Many Days to America? (our mentor sentence book this week!), to show students how to write a fiction summary.
Next up was how to write a nonfiction summary.
I used the Santa Maria article from an old Scholastic News.
Another nice job!
Yes, I can see that they copied the first parts of my summary. I think that it is okay-I'm showing them how to write a good summary, and I want them to write a good summary.
They'll eventually bring their own voice into and have different beginnings. And since I'm giving them something similar to what I did and not exact, it'll be different enough anyway. :)
Our next step was to summarize something...non-traditional.
I brought back the Pixar shorts to help with this!
I specifically picked ones that we had seen before, to make the process a little easier.
I modeled how to do it with Partly Cloudy (after re-watching it, of course! ;)
Then we re-watched For the Birds and they wrote them summary.
For their work that day, I laid out Teaching with a Mountain View's Fiction Reading Skills Task Cards.
I told them to ignore the questions on them and to just write a summary :)
They did okay-we'll definitely need to continue to practice! Next, we'll add summarizing-both fiction and nonfiction to our notebooks.
Smiles and Sunshine,