Lesson Plan

A Simple Summary

Use this lesson to help your ELs learn how to create a simple summary, paying attention to the sequence in a story. This lesson can stand alone or be used as a pre-lesson for the *Simple Summaries* lesson.
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Students will be able to write a simple summary after reading a fiction text.


Students will be able to summarize a fiction text with transition words using a paragraph frame.


(2 minutes)
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  • Facilitate a Think-Pair-Share by asking students to silently think about the important information to include when they retell a story. Have them turn and talk to a partner to share their answers. Then, call on students to share out their ideas with the class. Confirm and rephrase student answers as needed.
  • Explain that a good summary includes only the most important information, and it excludes the little details. A good summary of a fiction text would include: the main character, problem, solution. It would not include little details, nor would it give away the ending.
  • Share that today's lesson will focus on creating short and sweet summaries with transition words, which keep the ideas connected in the correct order.