Monthly Archives: October 2011

Key Word Summary Samples

Your Course Introduction provides instructions for optimizing the use of summary writing.  Younger students generally do well with the ‘Where, When, Who, What’ approach to oral narrations and beginning summaries, but older students need to read for detail and respond with greater specificity.  Creek Edge Press Task Card Sets make use of key words to assist your student’s growth in this area.  You’ll find key words listed on a task card under a summary writing task where it states, “Include the following.”  Encourage your student to use these key words to aid their research and to prompt their memory when writing a closed book summary. 

The following is another option for using key words in summary writing.  Below, you will see examples of closed book summaries done in response to tasks on various task card sets.  To the left of the margin you will see a list of key words.  These are words that were written by the student while reading.  The summary was written after the book was closed. This method is fabulous for students who are still learning to summarize details succinctly.  Students who have advanced beyond this stage may find this method useful as a means of reinforcing the correct spelling of new material.