Writing A Summary

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Content Area(s):  
Grade Level(s):  
Grade Level Expectations:  
Reading, Writing, and Communicating › Seventh Grade › Informational and persuasive texts are summarized and evaluated
Lesson Plan Details
1 to 2 class periods
Essential Question: 

How does inquiry impact and possibly change our thinking?

How do historical or social contexts impact our understanding of texts?

Why is it important to critique an author’s credentials to understand intent?

Why do authors persuade readers? 

What are common fallacies found in print and non-print? 

Learning Objectives/Student Outcomes: 
Students will be able to paraphrase and summarize a variety of texts. Students will be able to delineate and evaluate an argument and specific claims in a text.
Key Topics: 

Interpretation, Evaluate, Determine, Paraphrase, Analyze, Summarize, Interpret 

http://www.bhsd228.com/reading/docs/pdf/sq3rreadingworksheet.pdf is helpful but you can also google SQ3R and finding different graphic organizers

Prior to instruction, the teacher needs to...

-        Write SQ3R on the board and pass out the SQ3R worksheet (http://www.bhsd228.com/reading/docs/pdf/sq3rreadingworksheet.pdf). Review with the class. Tell the students to keep in their notes.

-        Give each student the reading material. Start with a long paragraph for practice.

-        Hand out plain white computer paper. Have students divide the paper into 5 sections (spoke wheel). Label the sections as follows: Who (main character), what (main idea), when (day, season, era), where (place), why (why is the reading important). Tell the students to fill out the five sections while reading the paragraph.

-        Once students have read, done SQ3R, and filled out their spoke wheel (web), they are ready to write a summary.


Learning Experiences and Activities: 

In this lesson, the teacher will teach students to use...

-        SQ3R

-        Who, What, When, Where, Why Spoke Wheel

-        Summary Writing

These activities can be done in all content areas. 


Summarizing Rubric:

The writing is clear and precise and has been proofread for errors.


Proper spelling, punctuation, capitalization is used.


At least 3 main points are addressed


At lease 5 relevant details are written




Total ___________/25


Colorado 21st Century Skills
Information Literacy: 
A. Plan strategies to guide inquiry
C. Demonstrate personal responsibility for lifelong learning
Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness
Work Ethic: 
E. Take responsibility for completion of work
A. Read, write, listen and speak effectively
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