I love working with the teachers in our school, and this year has been extra fun for me. One of our new-to-the-school teachers has moved from 6th grade to 3rd grade. I remember when I moved from 4th to 3rd grade. It was a challenge, so I can't imagine what she is going through! Anyway, we have become good friends, and she takes everything I say and runs with it.
When she said she would be working with writing summaries with her third graders, I knew they would need an extra push. Last year in 2nd grade, many of them did a retell once a week. This retell told every part of the story, but that is NOT what a summary is.
Simply put, a summary is just the main points of the story ~ not a lot of details.
I had a plan!
We use Thinking Maps at our school, so I used the Flow Map as a template for writing a summary. Our anchor chart looks like this.
Then the students chose a book to read. Before reading, I told them their task would be to write a summary of the book. Here is the process of writing the summary.
I love how two student read the same book but changed their "somebody". It makes the summary a little different but still has the same idea in it.
Summarizing was so simple for these students, and now they have a tool to help them as they write summaries!