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Thursday, January 7, Writing Summaries Hi there! Just like our topic sentence formats, these ideas came from the fabulous writing curriculum we use called Write Now Right Now. It is the easiest writing curriculum to follow and so effective!
One of my colleagues and former colleagues wrote the curriculum, and I have so enjoyed using it this year. Writing summaries is notoriously difficult for younger students.
It is such a simple method once students grasp it, and they write beautiful summaries each and every time! Here is the anchor chart we made together. The kids love the chant at the top!
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When we say "make it shorter" we bend our knees to make ourselves shorter, and when we get to "like a reporter," we pretend we are reporters jotting notes on an invisible notepad. We also eliminate the "include" so that it jives a little bit better with anchor charts for writing a paragraph rhythm!
First, we teach the students to read the text through once before doing anything else. After they have read the text, they go through and pick out the main idea of each paragraph or group of paragraphs.
The plan you see on the anchor chart here is the same plan we use to do all of our writing, so they are pros at it by now. The main topic usually found in the first paragraph or sentence of the text is on the top.
Each star you see shows one of the main ideas. Even if it is a long article with multiple paragraphs, we try to keep it to two or three star ideas. The dashes on the right hand side are details that support each star idea main idea.
I love, love, love this method for planning writing. We color code it all at the beginning of the year and it makes it so clear for the kids.
While they are making their plan, we emphasize the importance of including only the most important details. No opinions, no little tiny irrelevant details-- just the facts. Avoiding opinions seems to be one of the harder parts for my students. After they have made their summary plan comes my very favorite part!
For the topic sentence of our summary, we write a SAAC statement. I have seen different variations of this, but this is the one I teach and love. There are four parts to the summary topic sentence. First, they state the type of writing article, book, web page, etc.
For the State It portion, we named the type of writing an article and the name of the article The Story Behind the Switch. Unfortunately, the author was not given for this particular article, so we used the name of the publication Colorado Reader instead.
Action is easy because you teach them a few verbs and they stick with them. This is an action to describe what the author is doing in their writing. We use the verbs tells, explains, and describes most of the time. I know it may look tedious at first glance, but my students consistently generate stellar summaries thanks to this method.
Once they "get" all the parts of the SAAC statement, it is easy breezy to write awesome topic sentences and then they fill in the rest with their star ideas and details! Here is the sample summary I wrote in my teacher notebook the students copied it into their writing notebooks for reference after we did the anchor chart together.
Sometimes, when we are writing a shorter summary, they skip the details dashes part of the plan and only do the star ideas on the left side. What method do YOU use to teach summarizing? I would love to hear more ideas!Writing Anchor Chart Ideas All this week, we will be featuring anchor charts to help you in your classrooms this year.
First up, anchor charts for your writer’s workshops and writing activities. If you want to make sure your students are writing strong paragraphs, use my graphic organizer and anchor chart in your classroom. It is aligned to the Common Core .
Show students an anchor chart to introduce the three lessons on paragraph writing. MINI LESSON #5 TOPIC SENTENCES is the first mini lesson for paragraph writing..
1. Teach. Paragraphs need to have topic sentences. Paragraph Writing Expository Writing Essay Writing Teaching Writing Writing Lessons 4th Grade Writing Transition Words Writing Anchor Charts Informational Writing Forward This transition word sort can encourage students to use different transition words within their writings.
Here are some of my favorite persuasive writing anchor charts that I have used to help my struggling writers write strong, detailed persuasive papers. These charts contain a lot of sentence stems and step by step directions for each paragraph.
Paragraph writing anchor chart - "Whopper of a good paragraph". This would work for Step Up to Writing Find this Pin and more on Literacy Teaching Resources by Kelly Benefield.
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