Nate Brock
English Language Arts
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  • Summarizing Literature
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    Summarizing Literature


    The resources included are designed to help both students and teacher work through the ELA Standard on summarizing..  

    Summarizing Literature

    Additional resources  are provided for students who want to go deeper and in preparation for learning to eventaully summarize and synthesize.. 

    My OER by Nate Brock


    Standard 6: Summarize key details and ideas to support analysis of central ideas. 

    This Lesson focuses on how to summeraze literary pasages. 

    Using the Summarizing Instruction & Practice attached, students will be able to:

       1. Define what a summary is.

       2. Be able to list the dos and don'ts of a literary summary.

       3. Learn to employ an effective summary checklist.

    Students, along with the instructor, will work through the steps of a good literary summary.  This lesson includes both practice and examples.

    Before starting, each student will be asked to give his/her definition of the word 'summary.' 

    Then we will consider the definitions and examples in Summarizing Instructions and Practices by Carolyn Hance

    A. Begin with Summary Explanation and Exemplar - using necessary examples and illustrations.

    B. Using the short story, Mural City, as a class, we will work through this  model from

    Verbal Assessment:      

      1. What's the difference between summarizing a short story and a novel, or larger work? 

             2. What are common elements of all summaries?  

    This assgnment is in preparation for reading and summaring the novel, The Giver by Lois Lowery. Giver (93) by Lowry, Lois [Mass Market Paperback (2002)]