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Edward S. Rhodes Library: Summarizing

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Summarizing Text


Retell the MAIN IDEA only in your own words.  

Short, sweet and to the point.  


Rewrite the text in your own words include ALL important information.  

Use new and different sentences to tell what you've learned from the text.  

Summarizing Fiction

Summarizing Fiction is retelling the story in your own words.  

SWBST (Somebody Wanted But So Then)


Summarizing Nonfiction

Summarizing nonfiction is stating 

the main idea and a few supporting details.  

The Mimic Octopus 


Standards Addressed

AASL: I.B.3 - Learners engage with new knowledge by following a process that includes generating products that illustrate learning; I.C.1 - Learners adapt, communicate, and exchange learning products with others in a cycle that includes interacting with content presented by others; III.D.1 - Learners actively participate with others in learning situations by actively contributing to group discussions; IV.B.4 - Learners gather information appropriate to the task by organizing information by priority, topic, or other systematic scheme.

Common Core: RL.4.2 - Summarize the text; RL.4.6 - Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated; SL.5.2 - Summarize a written text read aloud

Rhode Island Cross-Curricular Proficiencies: Communication - Communicate understanding and interpretation of information; Problem Solving and Critical Thinking - Implement a plan or process of approach using tools and information.

Rhode Island School Library Curriculum Priority Skills: 1.1 - Summarizes information; states the main idea with some supporting details; 3.2 - Actively contributes to group discussions