Sunday, September 21, 2014

Summarizing, Paraphrasing, and Quoting

This year, I decided to teach this skill over a few days at the beginning of the year. I've never taught it like this before. I usually wait until I move into nonfiction and argument writing and then I mention the difference in the three, but I never teach it as its own lesson. However, this year I thought maybe knowing how to do each of these early on would help as we start working on answering open-ended questions.

I was inspired by this post over at The Creative Apple. I loved her anchor chart, which I believe she borrowed from this blog

Wanting to have an interactive page for our ISNs, I turned the anchor chart into this interactive folding page! {You can get it FREE right HERE!}

They looked like this in our notebooks:

Which open and look like this:

Next, I had the kids read some short articles (I used some old Time for Kids magazines) and answer some simple, "right there" questions using either a quote, summary, or paraphrase to support their thinking.

I am hoping that teaching this strategy early on will pay off. Often, I have students (usually my struggling learners) who will copy an entire paragraph from a text because they think they are supporting their answer. Typically, they don't use transitions and their answers come out disjointed and confusing and LONG!

Do you teach this skill as its own lesson? How's it work for you?

Happy Teaching!! 


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