Lesson Plan

Summarize a Nonfiction Text

Use this lesson to help your ELs understand how to write effective nonfiction text summaries. It can be a stand-alone lesson or a support lesson to the Create a Non-fiction Text Summary lesson plan.
This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Create a Nonfiction Text Summary lesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Create a Nonfiction Text Summary lesson plan.

Objectives

Academic

Students will be able to analyze academic vocabulary and condense nonfiction text into 3–4 sentence summaries.

Language

Students will be able to use the most important parts of a nonfiction text to write a summary.

Introduction

(2 minutes)
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  • Access prior knowledge of summaries by writing it on the board and asking for volunteers to define.
  • Complete a Frayer Model with the students for the term summary and check student comprehension throughout by asking them to orally repeat the definition or provide examples.
  • Tell students that today they will analyze new words, sentences, and a paragraph to help them understand how to write a short summary.