Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Summarizing Anchor Chart

I may be a little strange, but I love teaching writing, especially when I have a group of little sponges like I do this year!  I am so excited about the possibilities this year will bring and the improvements that I anticipate seeing in my students' writing!  Already, I am seeing improvements that amaze me. 

Summarizing is such an important part of reading and writing that this has been one of my first lessons in writing the past couple of years.  I try to correlate my writing lesson with the summary lessons that my teacher friends and I are doing in our 4th grade reading classes. 

We began our writing lesson by charting the definition and purpose of a summary.  I also introduced the strategy: Somebody, Wanted, But, So, Then.  Next, I modeled how to write a summary of a book that all of the classes were familiar with.  (I do.)

The students created a summary chart in their writing journals.  Then, we used our charts and our strategies, and together, we wrote a summary for the book, Chrysanthemum.  (We do).  

Summarizing is one of the common core standards for 4th grade reading (RL 4.3), so we will continue writing summaries together throughout the year in reading and writing classes until students become more familiar with the process. 

On another note, "Whoohoo!"  I am thrilled and amazed that I have reached 100 followers so quickly!  Thank you so much to everyone who is following and reading my blog.  When I set out on this adventure, I didn't know where it would take me, but I am having a ball!  To celebrate, I will have a 100 Follower Giveaway on Friday along with my Fun Friday post.  I have some sweet bloggy friends who will be offering some wonderful items to be given away, so don't miss this giveaway!  It's going to be good!  

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So, don't forget to come back Friday!  It will be a busy blogging day! We will be linking up for Fun Friday, so bring your favorite fun activity from the week and join in the fun and link up!  You'll also be able to participate in this great giveaway!  I can't wait to see you! 

In the meantime, check out Heather's fabulous giveaway at Peacocks and Penguins.  Please let her know I sent you over!

God bless!


  1. Hi Kelly,

    Congrats on getting to 100 followers! I am nearly there! I found you on Peacocks and Penguins. I am more than happy to donate to your giveaway if there is something on my TpT that interests you!


  2. I LOVE your summarizing anchor chart. May I do a blog post about it? See you Friday!

  3. Yes, I'd love for you to blog about my chart!