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1 What is one of the most powerful comprehension strategies? Summarizing

2 What Does the Research Say? No matter how the writing variable has been measured, the results are the same: as emphasis on classroom nonfiction writing grows, student achievement improves. We have evidence not only of reading and writing score improvement but of scores in math, science, and social studies improving as well. Doug Reeves Founder of Leadership and Learning Center


4 Summarization Summarizing can be done in writing, but also orally, dramatically, artistically, visually, physically, musically, in groups, or individually. Summarization is one of the most underused teaching techniques we have today, yet research has shown that it yields some of the greatest leaps in comprehension and long-term retention of information. Rick WormeliRick Wormeli, from Summarization in Any Subject, 2005, p. 2

5 Summarizing Read article and feel free to mark the text so that you can go back and easily find points to discuss At table groups – use the Final Word Protocol Open discussion to questions around the teaching of summarization

6 What is summarizing? Summarizing is how we take larger selections of text and reduce them to their bare essentials: the key ideas the main points that are worth noting and remembering

7 What are we doing when we summarize? We strip away the extra. We focus on the heart of the matter. We try to find the key words and phrases that, when uttered later, still manage to capture the G.I.S.T of what weve read. We are trying to capture the main ideas and the crucial details for supporting them

8 Why summarize? Comprehension: To reduce information to essential ideas in order to: Understand and learn important information Communication: To reduce information to essential ideas in order to: Expand the breadth and depth of your writing

9 When you ask students to summarize, what usually happens? They write down everything They write down next to nothing They write down way too much They dont write enough They copy word for word

10 What did you want them to do? Pull out main ideas Focus on key details Use key words and phrases Break down the larger ideas Write only enough to convey gist Take succinct but complete notes

11 Establishing a Focus… The main idea is the most important information or concept in a text or statement. Sometimes the main idea is explicit; sometimes it is implied. Not all information is equal: some of it clearly is more important than the rest. Templeton, 1997

12 Main idea and supporting details GO Main Idea Supporting Detail Supporting Detail Supporting Detail

13 Summarizing Lets Practice one paragraph at a time

14 Example paragraphs… A tornado is a powerful, twisting windstorm. It begins high in the air, among the winds of a giant storm cloud. People who have watched a tornados howling winds reach down from the sky have said its the most frightening thing they have ever seen. In some parts of the United States, these windstorms are called twisters or cyclones.

15 Main idea and supporting details Tornado is powerful, twisting windstorm Part of giant storm cloud Frightening Also called twister or cyclone

16 Summary Sentence Tornadoes are frightening, powerful, twisting windstorms sometimes called twisters or cyclones that start in giant storm clouds.

17 Tornadoes cont… Tornadoes are not the only whirling windstorms that move through the earths air. Dust devils, hurricanes and typhoons all have twisting winds. But these windstorms differ from tornadoes in important ways.

18 Main idea and supporting details Dust devils, hurricanes, and typhoons have twisting winds Whirling windstormsDiffer from tornadoes

19 Summary Sentence Dust devils, hurricanes and typhoons also have twisting winds, but they are different from tornadoes.

20 Tornadoes cont… Dust devils are the weakest of the swirling windstorms. Their winds usually spin between 12 and 30 miles per hour. Most dust devils are less than five feet across, and few last more than a minute or two. They are often seen in the desert under clear skies. Dust devils form near ground when certain kinds of winds make hot, rising air start to spin.

21 Main idea and supporting details Dust devils are weakest of swirling windstorms Less than 30 mphFive ft. acrossLast minute or two

22 Summary Sentence Compared to other wind storms, dust devils are the weakest and least severe.

23 Hurricanes and typhoons are the largest of the swirling windstorms. The winds of these storms blow about 75 to 150 miles per hour. They form over warm, tropical oceans and cause heavy rains as well as strong winds. When a tropical storm like this begins over the Atlantic Ocean or the eastern Pacific Ocean, it is called a hurricane. The same kind of storm in the western Pacific Ocean or Indian Ocean is called a typhoon. Hurricanes and typhoons may be several hundred miles wide, travel thousands of miles and last for days.

24 Main idea and supporting details Hurricanes and typhoons are largest Winds of mph Several hundred miles wide Travel thousands of miles, last for days

25 Summary Sentence In contrast, hurricanes and typhoons are the largest windstorms since they may be hundreds of miles wide, travel very fast for thousands of miles and can last for days.

26 Tornadoes are not as large as hurricanes and typhoons and they dont travel as far. In fact, many tornadoes last only a few minutes. But the spinning winds of a tornado can rip through the air at up to 300 miles per hour. The winds of a large tornado are the fastest, most dangerous winds on earth.

27 Main idea and supporting details Winds of large tornado are fastest, most dangerous winds on earth Last few minutes300 mph

28 Summary Sentence The bottom line is this: although they are not as large as hurricanes and typhoons, tornadoes are the fastest, most dangerous windstorms.

29 What next? Have students write successively shorter summaries, constantly refining and reducing their piece until only the most essential and relevant information remains. They can start with half a page; then try to get it down to two paragraphs; then one paragraph; then two or three sentences

30 Idea Teach students to go with the newspaper mantra: have them use the key words or phrases to identify only Who, When, Where, Why, and How. Take articles from the newspaper, and cut off their headlines. Have students practice writing headlines for (or matching severed headlines to) the headless stories

31 Sum it Up Have students imagine they are placing an ad in the newspaper Each word costs $.10 and then can spend $2.00 Adjust the amount depending on readiness and ability. This can be a station or anchor activities when students finish another assignment

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