Summarizing Text


ELAR-Grade-4 Non-fiction Texts Summarizing Text
Students read an article and practice summarizing and paraphrasing it. Then they analyze and synthesize information to create new material that maintains the original meaning. They learn to distinguish the differences between paraphrasing and plagiarism when writing.

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Overview

In this experience, students read an article and practice summarizing and paraphrasing it. Then they analyze and synthesize information to create new material that maintains the original meaning. They learn to distinguish the differences between paraphrasing and plagiarism when writing.

Objectives

  • Summarize the key ideas in text in your own words.
  • Distinguish between paraphrase and plagiarism.

Duration

One class period. You may choose to have the students read the article at home before beginning the experience.

Vocabulary Words in “QWERTY”

  • mechanical: having machine parts
  • layout: positioning, design
  • standard: an accepted level of quality
  • inventor: someone who creates something new
  • efficient: using a minimum of wasted effort
  • advanced: ahead in development


When you read an article for class, you often need to take notes on what you read for reviewing later. There are strategies you can use to summarize or paraphrase the information. You will learn how in this experience.

Objectives

  • Summarize the key ideas in text in your own words.
  • Distinguish between paraphrase and plagiarism.


Girl writing in a diary

Dear Diary,

This was the worst day ever! I slept through my alarm, so I had to race to get the bus. I didn’t have breakfast AND I forgot my homework. I begged Mom to bring it to me, but she had a meeting for work. So I got marked off for not having homework AFTER I DID IT! But wait, it gets worse. On the way home I had a fight with Chris and now we aren’t speaking. AND Spike got out when I opened the front door and wouldn’t come back even when I called him. I had to chase him all the way around the block and drag him back home by his collar. I was so sweaty and tired and mad! And then I had to do TONIGHT’s homework. I’ll tell you one thing, I won’t forget it tomorrow. I put it in my shoes by the front door. Goodnight!


In one sentence, what happened today to the student who wrote the diary?

Post your answer

Tell students they have just summarized text, explaining that to summarize is give a brief statement of the main points. 


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