Summarizing Text


ELAR-Grade-5 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 “George Washington Carver”

  • abolish: the end, elimination
  • Homestead Act: established in 1862, this federal act offered plots of public land in the western part of the U.S. to any citizen who agreed to live and farm on it for at least five years
  • specimen: all or part of a plant, animal, or other item used as an example for scientific study
  • faculty: teaching staff at a school or college
  • fungus (pl. fungi): organisms that eat organic material, including mushrooms, molds, and yeast
  • yield: output from production


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.


family on a picnic in nature alongside a camper

Have you ever completed the classic first-day-of-school assignment? You know the one: “Write an essay about how you spent your summer vacation.”

No, you don’t have to write an essay now, but try this instead.


In just two to three sentences, write what you did on summer vacation.

Post your answer

Summer vacation lasts a long time, but when you write just one or two sentences, you only have room to share the most important events or details. You need to summarize your summer vacation! In this experience, you will practice using your summarizing skills.


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