Remote Class Days (M,T,R,F):
Blank Google Form for your articles
Example Form Filled Out (if you need a reference point)
Each remote day you are going to select and summarize a news article of your choosing.
The article must be submitted by 2:05pm for each day that you are at home.
The articles will assist you with your literacy, vocabulary and summary skills. Additionally the article serves as an attendance checkpoint.
- Google News (news aggregator that you can customize)
- All Sides (unbiased news presented from all sides of political spectrum)
- New York Times (the nation’s leading newspaper in digital form)
All Cawd 2 students have an account with the New York Times
How to Write a Summary
- A summary is a shortened version of written or spoken information
- It is NOT: paraphrasing, recounting, or re-telling ALL the information
- It IS telling about the: Big Picture, Gist, Heart of the Matter, Key Idea, Crucial information
- We can summarize: Fiction, Non-fiction, news, media,(T.V. shows, movies, commercials) conversation, meetings, speeches, and events(sports, plays, weddings, parties, graduation activities….)
- It is NOT a good idea to summarize a recipe, accident report, directions that tell how to assemble furniture or build a model in Blender!
- Summarizing requires:
- Analyzing information
- Sorting the most important information from less important information
- Reduction of a lot of details and information into a few short, cohesive sentences
- Summarizing helps us
- Remember information
- Understand how parts fit together to form a whole
- Summarizing can be a strategy to help reading comprehension.
Questions to guide summarizing
- What happened?
- Who was involved?
- What was the outcome?
For example: The Green Bay Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers to win the 2011 Super Bowl. The final score was 31-25. Fans were entertained at halftime by the Black Eyed Peas and Usher. Packers quarterback, Aaron Rodgers was name MVP.
When you create a summary ask yourself:
- Is the essential information included?
- Are details that might be interesting, but not essential, left out?
- Would someone reading my summary be able to understand the main point?