Expanding Summary

This summary activity challenges students to summarize a text four times. Each time they summarize, they are asked to add information and details. This is a great activity to teach students how to elaborate and provide supporting details in their summaries.

Where is this in the Reading Process: Step 5

Explicitly Teach: Explain. Connect. Model. Practice.

Cycle of Independence: I do. We do. They do. You do.

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Expanding Summary Step-By-Step Process

Plan your lesson Plan your lesson

Planning Journal

Teach the skill Teach the skill

Student Activity
Interactive Lesson

Differentiate and support learning Differentiate and support learning

Verbs for "Says"
Summary Verbs
Introducing Sources
Reading Rubrics

Assess and track growth Assess and track growth

Performance Tracker
Teacher Reflection

Student samples

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Sample 2

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.

Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
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