how to teach summary writing: 

the 1-hand summary

Summarizing is a skill that must be explicitly taught. And it’s a skill that must be modeled.

How to Teach Summary Writing–The 1-Hand Summary:

My goal with this was to have it work for anything Maddy chose–a news article, a magazine article, anything. And for the most part, it works.

How I began

I started with the very article that Maddy chose for her homework–a piece from The Washington Post about Jennifer Yu, a local chess champion.

It was time for the 1-Hand Summary Sheet.

We looked at the hand and talked about the components of a strong summary:

- title and author - strong topic sentence - facts and no opinions

Kids must see models. They must. There’s no way kids automatically know what a good summary looks like or sounds like.

In order to succeed in school and in life, strong readers need to be able to summarize what they’ve read.


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