Literature Link: Summarizing


By Barbara Robinson

Skill: summarizing

An unusual classroom assignment titled “Compliments for Classmates” teaches Beth Bradley that even an outlaw like Imogene Herdman can have good qualities.

Review with students that the newspaper headlines about the latest happenings at the school or in town tend to be wrong. After reading chapters 2, 3, 4, 5, and 8, have each pair of students pretend to be newspaper reporters whose job is to get the story right. Next, have each duo divide a sheet of paper into four columns and label the columns as shown. Guide the pair to complete the organizer to identify a chapter’s main events and then use the organizer to summarize the chapter and give it an accurate headline.


About Lucy Salerno

I have been a resident of Fairfield for over 25 years and have 30 years’ teaching experience in California K – 6 schools. I have been a music teacher, band and choral director, elementary teacher in grades K – 6, a district level technology coordinator teaching, and an elementary school administrator. In 2011, my most recent school, Scandia Elementary, on Travis Air Force Base, was awarded the California Distinguished School Award for work and programs implemented under my watch. Because of my broad educational background, I know and understand what is needed in today's difficult educational environment. I have taught writing to children in numerous grades as a core subject as well as integrating writing into other curricula areas. I retired a few years ago from the Travis Unified School District, I love working with children, and am now dedicating my services and skills in support of your children. Through love and patience, I hope to understand a child's needs, meet them where they are, build self-confidence and develop a life-long love of learning.
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