The main idea could be courage in a difficult situation, love is colorblind, never give up or any number of themes. However, it is a skill worth the time and effort as students will use it throughout their academic careers and the benefits it provides in reading, writing, and critical thinking skills.
This can be either a short essay or part of one.
Read a chapter, write a summary… Our students see this a lot, whether it be on our reading assessments, in our own classroom work, or on our state assessments. Discuss what it is.
The specific form, the sentence structure and the vocabulary, has been changed, but the main ideas remain. What would you do?
But, until then, we are practicing, practicing, and practicing some more! Unfortunately, my friends, this is just the beginning.
These labeled boxes have blank space to allow students to write down those labeled key elements they find in the text. The ability to write a short and specific condensed version of a longer piece of text is an essential skill taught and practiced with even young elementary students.
As with any new skill, especially a writing skill, students need to be explicitly taught. Therefore, many benefits exist to teaching summarizing skills. Have students work on reading and marking the selection and then writing their summaries by themselves this time or in pairs.