Teaching Summary Writing to Support Comprehension

By PaTTAN - Joan Sedita Last updated 2024/06/06


Watching this webinar from PaTTAN, you will learn why summarizing has been identified through research as highly effective for developing comprehension and writing. It defines a quality summary and how it differs from retelling or paraphrasing.  Practical suggestions for explicitly teaching summary writing based on text and non-text sources will be shared, including scaffolds. The video explores what skilled writing entails while referencing The Writing Rope and summarizing as it relates to critical thinking, syntax, text structure, writing craft, and transcription. The value of learning to summarize extends beyond the classroom, as it is one of the most effective comprehension strategies and writing practices is also highlighted.

Curriculum Connection

C1. Knowledge about Texts C2. Comprehension Strategies D1. Developing Ideas and Organizing Content D2. Creating Texts D3. Publishing, Presenting, and Reflecting
This video supports the teaching of summary writing to support comprehension. It supports text-level comprehension as students use summarizing as a comprehension strategy, to apply critical thinking skills to deepen their understanding of texts. Educators will learn how to help their students identify main ideas and sequence relevant information, compare and contrast, draw conclusions, establish connections between the views expressed in various texts, and synthesize information from texts.
Grade(s): K 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Topic(s): ComprehensionWriting
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