In our review of the things good readers do, today my students practice summarizing. I read aloud the book The Great Ball Game, retold by Joseph Bruchac. I love teaching with Native American literature, and the stories are exceptional at teaching so much about geography, culture, and history, as well as objectives relating to reading. I got inspiration for my activity from this activity using the strategy of “Somebody… Wanted… But… Then… So” from the I Do. We Do. You Do. blog.
My students came up with
Somebody… the animals, the birds, and the bat
Wanted… to prove that they were the best
But… they couldn’t do it without arguing
Then… they played a stickball game to determine who was the greatest
So… the bat helped the animals defeat the birds, and now birds have to go South for half of the year
I love this strategy for fiction stories. It’s easy to remember and captures the idea of rising actions, climax and resolution.
Here are some extra resources on summarizing:
Summarizing Strategies from Guilford County Schools
A Sum It Up activity from Reading Quest
The GIST Strategy from Read Write Think
Summarizing Strategies Livebinder
Somebody Wanted But Then So from PBS Kids