Visual Summary

This strategy asks students to draw the main ideas in a text. Illustrations are a great way for students to communicate what they know and understand. There are spaces, however, to have students write very brief summaries under each image.

Use this graphic organizer to...

  • track the sequence of events in a story,
  • create a timeline of a real life event or person,
  • summarize the steps in a process, or
  • chart how an argument develops over the course of a text.

Where is this in the Reading Process: Step 3

Explicitly Teach: Explain. Connect. Model. Practice.

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

Origin: Maxine Sagapolutele, El Cajon Valley High School

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Visual Summary Step-By-Step Process

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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.

Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and large portions of the text relate to each other and the whole.
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