Super Summary Lessons & Printables!!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Hello! My name is Emily Rocha. I’m a first grade teacher near Houston in Richmond, Texas. I am so excited to be a guest blogger! I currently don’t have a blog, but I am considering starting one of my own once things start to settle down. I would love to share some of the things I have created and lesson plans I have made for free to the blog world!

My students have been working on writing a summary this week. This can be a difficult process for many students. I decided to take a step by step approach.

        Day 1 and 2:
I introduced what a summary is. I defined  a summary using the following terminology, “A summary is a brief account of the text and giving the main points. It’s not telling everything. It’s putting together important information.”

I read aloud a book and modeled filling out a portion of the pre-writing page. This pre-writing page is meant to collect their ideas. It is not written in complete sentences, but rather in lists with bullets. I then read another book aloud, and students then completed the pre-writing independently on the second book read aloud.

Day 3 and 4:
Students use their pre-writing to create a draft. The draft uses the bullet points and turns the list into complete sentences. I encouraged students to write the title and author in their introduction. I also modeled how to write the summary into the story without explicitly stating it. I wanted to avoid students writing, “The setting is outside.” but rather write, “It was a beautiful, sunny day.” I modeled the steps of the draft using my pre-writing page, then had students complete their draft independently.

Day 5:
I modeled how to turn a draft into a final copy. I emphasized using nice handwriting, four star sentences, and the importance of a final copy. Students then completed their final draft summary independently. Students were also expected to draw an illustration they feel best sums up the story.

I hope you find this useful! I have also included the exact lesson plan I used for you to have for your records, and the rubric I used to grade it. I always present the students with the rubric criteria before they turn their papers in.

Lesson Plan
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Thank you for reading!

Emily Rocha


Sherry said...

I would be so impressed if Gr. 1 students could do this!
I doubt my Gr. 3 students could do this!!

Sherry said...

OOPS! Forgot to say thank you and I am planning to try these sheets out with my Grade 3's as they work through their novel, Bunnicula!

Deb said...

Thank you so much! This is going on my lesson plan for next week!

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