Summarizing, Paraphrasing, and Retelling Skills for Better Reading, Writing, and Test Taking

ISBN-10: 0325007977

ISBN-13: 9780325007977

Edition: 2006

Authors: Emily Kissner

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What's the big idea? That's a question students are asked all the time in papers, assessments, and standardized writing tests of every sort. Whether summarizing research sources or synopsizing the plot of a two-hundred page novel, the ability to cut through extraneous details and describe the major themes and highlights of a text is key to success in school and in life. Until now, however, summarization has been difficult to teach and learn, but with Summarizing, Paraphrasing, and Retelling, you'll discover a powerful and practical way to teach these vital skills. Summarizing, Paraphrasing, and Retelling is a slim, do-it-all guide that presents everything you need for teaching kids to separate out trivial items in their reading and then identify and communicate the main ideas and crucial details. Emily Kissner breaks summarization down into smaller, more manageable skillssuch as paraphrasing, writing synopses, retelling, and restating the main-ideaillustrating what good summarization looks like and how to adjust your teaching to fit your students' needs. She offers not only methods for individual and group instruction, but also handy, reproducible resources, such as assessment checklists, forms for group work, peer-response sheets, and sample passages for students to practice with. Best of all, Kissner's approach is a student-centered alternative to more traditional skill-and-drill preparations. Supported by research and tested in classrooms, Summarizing, Paraphrasing, and Retelling gives you both big ideas for powerful teaching and important particulars to help you plan instruction and analyze your students' progress. What's the big idea behind teaching summarizing? Read Summarizing, Paraphrasing, and Retelling and find out.
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Book details

List price: $26.88
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 1/24/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Emily Kissner is the author of the Heinemann titles The Forest AND the Trees and Summarizing, Paraphrasing, and Retelling. She has been a classroom teacher for eleven years and has taught fourth, sixth, and seventh grades. She continues to be fascinated with the fine details of how students process text, use reading strategies, and develop into literate individuals. She enjoys discussing classroom practice with her husband Steve, who is also a teacher, and spends much of her time ouside of school exploring nature with her two sons, Zachary and Aidan.

List of Forms
Introduction
Why Teach Summarizing?
Summarizing, Paraphrasing, and Retelling: Related, But Not the Same
What Does a Good Summary Look Like?
Finding Out What Students Already Know
Topics and Main Ideas
Text Organization
Paraphrasing and Collapsing Lists
Summarizing Narrative Text
Using Story Elements to Improve Narrative Summaries
Talking to Learn: Retelling in the Intermediate Classroom
Scaffolding for Summarizing
Summarizing for Content Areas
Summarizing for Assessment
Conclusion
References
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