Summarize to Comprehend

Contributor: Alison Weiss. Lesson ID: 10758

Do you always understand what you read, or are you often frustrated? Using an online quiz and game, and some questions to ask yourself, you can summarize stories as you read and enjoy them even more!

categories

Reading

subject
Reading
learning style
Auditory, Visual
personality style
Lion, Beaver
Grade Level
Primary (K-2)
Lesson Type
Skill Sharpener

Lesson Plan - Get It!

Audio:

Do you always understand what you read, or are you often frustrated? Using an online quiz and game, and some questions to ask yourself, you can summarize stories as you read and enjoy them even more!

After reading a book or other piece, do you feel satisfied that you've understood it or are you frustrated?

There are simple steps to help you understand what you read!

Pausing at the end of each paragraph you read to reflect on what happened is one strategy to help you understand, or comprehend, the text. When you do this, you ask yourself:

  • "What happened?"
  • "What was the paragraph mainly about?"
  • "What were the most important things that happened?"
  • "What is the most important information I learned?"

This comprehension strategy works well, especially if you can write down a brief 1-2 sentence summary after asking yourself those questions. A summary is just writing down the most important ideas or events in the order they happened. Read the paragraph below:

Jake is going on a trip. He and Mom take a taxi to the airport. "It's my first plane trip," he tells the taxi driver. "That's great!" the taxi driver says. Jake rolls his suitcase onto the plane. "It's my first plane trip," he tells the pilot." Welcome aboard," the pilot says.

Can you give your parent or teacher a quick summary of this paragraph? Great job!

A summary of this paragraph might be:

Jake and his Mom are going on a trip. It will be Jake's first plane trip.

Or

Jake is going on his very first plane ride with his Mom. He brought his suitcase onto the plane.

Play this fun game called Rags to Riches - Summarizing on Quia.com. You can have someone read the paragraphs and answers to you if you need some extra help. There are also hint buttons, so if you need a clue, click on one of those.

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