Summarizing is an important skill for students to master. This skill is also connected to the Planning indicators Student Work and Assessment. It also can be connected to the Instructional indicators Standards and Objectives, Presenting Instructional Content (teacher), Activities and Materials, Questioning, Thinking, and Problem Solving. Below is a set of Rules to help students develop effective summaries and evaluate the summaries of others. The rules have been stated for older students and younger students so that you can use the rules for younger students to teach the vocabulary in the rules for older students where needed. The rules were developed by the folks at McRel.


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Read the paragraph below. Using the rules above, summarize the paragraph on a blank sheet of paper. Then compare it to the summary listed below the full paragraph.


This kind of community also shows why, depending on the size of a school, a single Technology Integration Specialist cannot play the role of coach for the entire staff. Many schools already have Reading Coaches and Math Coaches, and it is definitely time for the role of Technology Integration Coach to be brought into the mix. Just changing the name from "Specialist" to "Coach" can do wonders for the relationship between teachers and the person in place to support them as they integrate technology.


Final Summary



Many Schools already have Reading Coaches and Math Coaches, and it is definitely time for the role of Technology Integration Coach to be brought into the mix.

Why delete the selected portions of the paragraph? The deleted portions are essentially trivial material or are unnecessary to understanding.

Video showing another example using the Track Changes tool in Word