So many of our kids struggle with writing summaries. Even some 8th graders. It's not an easy skill and if the content is challenging, summarizing may be quite a tough challenge. The Common Core asks that students begin summarizing in grade 3 so I thought this strategy might be a good one to share. One strategy which scaffolds it is called GIST. For students who need that scaffolding, they can plan a summary using the graphic organizer. Here is a link to ReadWriteThinks lesson plan and template.
One of my favorite things to do is blog. Last count I had 6 current blogs going! What is wrong with me!! However, the Teacher Talk blog stalled out last Spring, but I've returned, with my Literacy Facilitator hat on, to a commitment of posting regularly.
First, I must say this. If anyone needs resources to build lesson plans that include a specific literacy component, please please let me know. My Masters is for Literacy, and a great deal of the work we've been doing on the Literacy Team has been focused on content literacy.
My first blog of the new school year is this…I am emailing a link to all Staff and offering a set of materials you might like to use these first few days. They may need tweaking for younger ones, but I will be using these with Grades 6-8; I'll share with you. They came from Erika Forth, a TpT person (though she specifies single classroom only, copyright allows my purchase to be used for nonprofit in schools).
Hope you have a positive and productive start to your year.