Ideas & Strategies - Summarizing and Note Taking
Important tip: Students need to be shown how to use the various note frames or templates. Do with them (guided practice) to model using frames & picking out important ideas. It is also important to give students plenty of practice picking out or identifying the main idea of a paragraph. Main idea practice helps students begin to summarize.
Math Summary Templates- developed for middle school math students which ties literacy with math concepts.(adapted from Step Up To Writing)
Summary Frames (see Classroom Instruction that Works)
Narrative Frame - appropriate for fiction
Argumentation Frame - appropriate for persuasive texts
Problem Solution Frame - appropriate for fiction or nonfiction
Text Structure Resources- 29 pg. PDF of sample paragraphs, examples, posters,sentence frames, etc.
Money Summary: Students get a dollar amount. Each word costs money. For example, a student has $2.00 to spend, and each word costs 10 cents, except a, an, and the are free. The goal is to come up with the overall main idea of a short reading section without going over the dollar amount. (explanation from Step Up To Writing)
IVF Summary Graphic Organizer (adapted from Step Up To Writing)
Add video: ELLs summarizing story using scaffolding (Elementary Example)
Important tip: Be sure to model and allow multiple opportunities for practice of whichever note style you choose to teach. Also, remember that not every type of note style works for every student.
Illustrated Notes: Individual or partners summarize new information by drawing or sketching in a picture form.
Combination Notes sample from Interactive Notebooks wiki, see resources
Expert Groups form of Combination Notes, from a GLAD unit; this is done in small groups with teacher modeling sketching of pictorial notes
Classroom Agreements in "Step Up to Writing" Format, color coded for topic, key ideas, details & conclusion.