What is it?
Summarizing teaches students how to determine the most important ideas in a text, how to ignore irrelevant information, and how to integrate the central ideas in a meaningful way.
Why is it important?
Teaching students to summarize improves their memory for what is read. Summarization strategies can be used in almost every content area.
What can I do at home?
1. Begin by reading OR have students listen to the text selection.
2. Ask students the following framework questions:
- What are the main ideas?
- What are the relevant details necessary for supporting the ideas?
- What information is irrelevant or unnecessary?
3. Have your child use key words or phrases to identify the main points from the text.