Imagine your students writing effective summary paragraphs.

Think of how proud you will feel after reading a great summary, one student after another! Summarizing is a key skill that is important to good comprehension and is one of those skills that is transferable to all content areas.

There’s only one problem. It is not easy to “get.”

Students often struggle with writing summaries and sometimes we are at a loss of how to teach it!

There is a lot that goes into teaching summarizing.  

You have the fiction and nonfiction books they need to summarize.
BUT you also need a great anchor chart to teach a strategy, you need to model a strategy,
and you need to differentiate and offer different ways to practice summarizing.

Fortunately, in this Summarizing Unit, I give you all the
tools you need to teach summarizing so students get it!

Students will confidently know:

What is a summary?
Why is summarizing important?
How do we determine importance?
How do we find the main idea?
How do we paraphrase?
When do we write summaries?

and most importantly,

How do we write a summary?

This 64 page packet comes with everything you need to teach in class or virtually!

If you’re ready to see your students write great summary paragraphs download this  today!

Look what other teachers are saying!

I printed the wall display items and posted for my students. They thought it was very attractive and useful. I used some of the graphic organizers; it helped the students follow along during the lesson. Overall, this was a great resource.

Kimberly P.

My students loved learning about Summarizing using these tools. I always go back and ask them what SUM means! They loved it and so did I. I highly recommend using these lessons. Super cute and easy to understand.

Mrs. Blanco

I loved the note taking pages for the kids to follow along. It really helped to keep them engaged and a part of their learning.

Jennifer A.

What an awesome resource! I love that it helps students relate main idea to real-world examples. I also like that it teaches summary for both narrative and non-fiction texts and explains the purpose of summarizing. All of the included resources are so helpful for students to take notes and practice their summarizing skills.

Jennifer O.

Included are also some great displays you can use on your bulletin board
or display in your classroom. Some ideas included are:

SUMMARY Word Display

BME (Beginning – Middle – End) Display

The 5 W’s of Summarizing

SWBST (Somebody, Wanted, But, So, Then)

SUM (Shortened, Use own words, Main Idea)

This pack includes printables such as graphic organizers that will help your student to organize their thinking and help summarize while reading, taking notes, and use vocabulary that helps them to summarize. There are two passages to help them practice their newly learned skill. It really is a comprehensive pack that will help you to teach this difficult reading comprehension skill.

Common Core Strategies Covered

RI.3.2 How can I use key details from the text to explain the message, moral, or lesson of a story?

RI.4.2 Why is it necessary when summarizing the text to focus on the essential or main idea?

What information is appropriate to include in a summary?

RL.4.2 Why is theme important to the meaning of a text?

What are the components of an effective summary?


Why is it important to consider multiple details and support them, when summarizing a text?

RL.5.2 Why is theme significant to the meaning of a text? Why is it important to understand the

characters’ motive and actions as it relates to the theme of a story? What makes a good summary?