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Summarization in Any Subject: 50 Techniques to Improve Student Learning
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About This Book
Educators agree that the ability to summarize—to identify salient information and structure it for meaning, long-term retention, and successful application—is an essential academic skill. Research affirms summarization’s reputation as a highly effective way to boost comprehension and achievement. We know summarization works. But isn’t it, well, just a little dull?
It doesn’t have to be.
Rick Wormeli, a teacher certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, makes the case that summarization is not only one of the most effective ways to improve student learning, it’s also one of the most flexible, responsive, and engaging. Here, you’ll find a classroom-tested collection of written, spoken, artistic, and kinesthetic summarization techniques for both individual assignments and group activities across the content areas. Suitable for students in grades 3–12, these techniques are easily adjustable to any curriculum and presented with ample directions and vivid, multidisciplinary examples. They are valuable additions to every teacher’s repertoire.
Wormeli also clarifies the process of teaching students how to summarize and includes a special section on the key skill of paraphrasing. The book concludes with an assortment of original text excerpts and activity prompts—a great starting place for teachers ready to use summarization in their own classrooms.
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About the Author
RICK WORMELI has taught elementary school and middle school for 24 years and has tutored high school students for 17 of those years. Although he still teaches two weekly math groups and one weekly writing group at the middle school level, he currently spends the majority of his time out of the classroom, writing books and conducting workshops nationally and internationally.
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