Summary Notes for Active Reading

Summary Notes for Active Reading


What it is: A way to summarize an article and recall later (best for a short article, chapter, or section of a reading). A summary reduces an article to just its main ideas.

SAMPLE:

TITLE of READING SELECTION:

  • Read the selection and underline the key words and main ideas.
  • Write these in the blank area below the title under the heading MAIN IDEA WORDS.
  • At the bottom of the sheet, write a one-sentence SUMMARY of the article, using as many main idea words as you can. (Imagine you have only $2.00, and each word you use will cost you 10 cents. See if you can “sum it up” in twenty words!)
     

WHAT IT DOES:


Summarizing helps readers take a large selection of text and reduce it to the main points for more concise understanding. Upon reading a passage, summarizing helps students learn to determine essential ideas and consolidate important details that support them. It is a technique that enables students to focus on keywords and phrases of an assigned text that are worth noting and remembering.

 

Source: All About Adolescent Literacy. (n.d.) Retrieved November 20, 2016, from http://www.edlit.org/

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