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Summarizing

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What is an objective summary?

 

Objective means "not influenced by personal feelings or interpretation."

A summary is a short statement that gives the main points or ideas of something.

So an objective summary  is a short statement or paragraph that tells what something is about but does not include irrelevant details or your opinions. 

 

Hint: An objective summary should not be written in the first person ("I") voice.

 

 

 

How to Summarize

 

Step 1 - Identify the topic.

- Ask, Whom or what is this about?

- The answer should be 2 or 3 words.

 

Step 2 - Identify the main/central idea.

- Ask, What is the main thing the writer is saying about the topic?

- Often, the main/central idea is one of the first or last sentences.

   Sometimes the main idea isn't stated and you will need to figure it out.

 

Step 3 - Identify the important details.

- Details explain or add information about something.

- Ask, What details are needed to understand the main/central idea?

 

Step 4 - Use the main/central idea and important details to summarize.

- Ask, What would I tell a friend about what I just read?

- Briefly state the main/central idea and important details of the paragraph or passage in your own

  words.

 

Tips:

- Know your purpose for reading. Preview the text for clues. to help set your goal.

- Use titles and headings to help you find topics, main ideas, and important details.

- Make notes of main/central ideas. Under them write the important details.

- Generalize from lists in the text.

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-ki6TP4EYs - How to Write a Summary in 5 Minutes

 

 

Anchor Charts: Quote, Paraphrase and Summarize... from Teaching with a Mountain View (blog):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eclectic Educating: Nonfiction SummaryReading Stuff, Grade Stuff, Grade Anchors, Classroom Reading, Eclectic Education, Literacy Ideas, Nonfiction Summary, Schools Reading, Anchors Charts

 

Retell Chart~ Great idea to help students know exactly what is expected. Check out this and other good ideas at The Techy Teacher.Classroom, Story Elements, Retelling Anchors, Retelling Charts, Anchor Charts, Languages Art, Education, Retelling Anchor Chart, Anchors Charts

 

 

https://wvde.state.wv.us/strategybank/GraphicOrganizersforSummarization.html - Tools for Summarizing

 

http://bcms.spps.org/summary_graphic_organizers - Summary Applications

 

http://www.gcasd.org/Downloads/Summarizing_Strategies.pdf - Summarizing Strategies

 

https://wvde.state.wv.us/strategybank/summarization.html - Summarizing Techniques

 

 

 

 

story elements-- readers response:

 

https://www.quia.com/rr/86000.html - Summary Interactive - QUIA

 

https://reading.ecb.org/student/summarizing/monsters/ - Monsters to the Rescue

 

 

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