Getting Started on Summary (Kiefer)

DAILY: What are the characteristics of a good summary? Why are each of these characteristics important? [only five minutes]

Teacher follow-up:

  1. Collect features of a good summary in a list on the board or overhead. Note that these will become the criteria for the portfolio summaries. Be sure to ask why these criteria are important to readers and writers.
  2. Then have students bring up draft summaries to read and revise. Encourage informal peer review.
  3. Have students do musical chairs to read several summaries on the screen. Have one or two summaries read aloud. Ask what else they will do to revise the summary they've drafted.