The lesson I am sharing with you all today is one small lesson in a GIANT Reading and Summarizing Nonfiction unit. You can click HERE to read about our fiction summaries.
First and foremost, my students struggle with summarizing nonfiction. The problem is that nonfiction passages are usually JAM-PACKED with information (some of which is not that important). I realized that my students were struggling with this when we immediately jumped into coding the text. I handed out highlighters and asked students to highlight important information in a short paragraph and cross off interesting or irrelevant information (code the text). I received the short paragraphs back with every word highlighted. OY! Time to go back to the drawing board, switch up my entire lesson, and have myself a good ‘ol teachable moment!
After my revelations, I asked my students:
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