5 Lessons to Help Teach Summary Skills

By on August 25, 2015

This year, we are excited to offer our LiteracyTA Members monthly skill lessons. We want to provide great lessons teachers can use to teach the new state standards. Although each lesson has an identified grade level, LiteracyTA Members can copy the lesson and change the grade level, subject area, and the state literacy standards and skills. Each lesson follows LiteracyTA’s 5-Steps to Confidence Reading process and highlights a skill in an effort to support teachers as they implement more literacy standards into their curriculum. This month we are focused on summarizing main ideas in a text. The feature skill is Read 1, Speak 2, Write 3.

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Mrs. Kidd Mrs. Kidd 8/26/2015

What do you recommend for the first week of school? I want to get the kids on board with reading, writing and speaking.

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Mr. LeMaster Mr. LeMaster 8/31/2015

I recommend starting with a high interest article that is fairly short. I use a chapter out of Coach Mike Krzyzewski called "Ownership." This one page chapter talks about the importance of ownership. With this text, we practice close reading, pair-share, and writing about texts. In the past, I have used Sean Covey's "Paradigms and Principles." There are so many relevant articles out there. Through the teaching of a text that has a universal message, students immediately see that you care about their education and who they are as young people. Let us know how it goes. Good luck!

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Literacy Standards In Action

We've mapped our literacy lessons and reading, speaking, and writing skills to state standards, Common Core, and NGSS. The standards are "the what" to teach. Our lessons are "the how" to meet the expectations defined by the standards. Click on the links below to view our quick reference table that maps standards to literacy lessons.

Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; and cite specific evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
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