Support students as they move from retelling to summarizing to main idea.

3 sticky notes

Give students increasingly smaller sticky notes to guide them in writing more and more concise summaries.
1.  Provide students with a large (4″x 6″) sticky note and instruct them to retell the key events of the story in about 5 sentences.
2.  Then provide a smaller (3″x 5″) sticky note and have them condense these details into a summary of about three sentences.
3.  Finally, give each student a small (2″x 2″) sticky note on which to encapsulate the main idea of the story in one sentence (e.g., “This story is about a character named ______, who _______, but _______, so _______.”)

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