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Summarize with Fairy Tales

         

Students will be summarizing literary text during the next story cycle.  They will read various fairy tales and summarize what they read.

Story Skill: Summarizing Literary Text

When you summarize you tell the main events or ideas in your own words.  You leave out all the smaller, unimportant details, and focus on the main points.  When summarizing literary texts you include important events from the beginning, middle, and end of the text.  Remember that a summary should be much shorter than the text itself.  Look at the example of the organizer below to see how we can summarize a fairy tale.

Portion of the Text

Used for “I Do”

Beginning

Middle

End

“Rumpelstiltskin”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

·         A  poor miller wanted to appear important to the king and told him his daughter could spin straw into gold.

·        The king brought the daughter to the palace to test her.

·        The girl was locked into a room full of straw and told to spin it into gold or the next morning she would be killed.

·         The girl began to cry until a little man came to her and promised to spin the straw for her in exchange for a necklace.

·         When the king saw the room he became even greedy for more gold.

·         The girl had to spin another room of straw into gold or she would be killed.

·         The little man helped the girl again by spinning the straw in exchange for a ring.

·         The king decided he needed more gold and told the girl if she spun another room of straw into gold she would become his wife.

·         The little man came again to help the girl and spun the straw in exchange for the girls first born child.

·         The king and girl were married and had a child.

·         The little man showed up to get the child.

·         The queen cried until the man promised that if she could guess his name in 3 days she could keep the child.

·         For 2 days the queen guessed the little mans name and was wrong.

·         On the third day a messenger told her he had heard a man dancing around a fire talking about the child and saying she would never guess that his name is Rumpelstiltskin.

·         The queen told the little man his name on the third day.

·         In his anger the little man ripped himself in two.

Did you include the problem and the solution?

Summarize the story “Rumpelstiltskin” in your own words.

 

A poor miller wanted to impress the king so he told the king his daughter could spin straw into gold.  The king had the daughter brought to the palace to test her.  He locked the girl into a room full of straw and told her if she didn’t spin the straw into gold she would die.  The girl knew she couldn’t spin straw into gold and began to cry because she would die the next day.  A little man showed up who promised to spin the gold for her in exchange for a necklace.  When the king saw all the gold the next morning he became greedy for more.  For the next two nights he had the girl locked into a room full of gold.  On the first night the little man agreed to spin the straw in exchange for a ring and on the second night he helped her again in exchange for the promise of her first child.  The king decided to marry the girl and they had a child.  When the child was born the little man came to get the child from the queen.  The queen was so upset the little man said that if she could guess his name within three days she could keep the child.  The first two days when the little man came to the queen she couldn’t guess his name.  On the third day a messenger heard the little man say his name and told his queen.  When the little man came on the third day the queen told him his name was Rumpelstiltskin.  Rumpelstiltskin was so angry he ripped himself in two.

 



Summarizing Informational Texts

After summarizing literary texts, students will focus on summarizing informational texts using various articles.

Summarizing Skill

There is a difference between summarizing literary and informational texts.  When summarizing informational texts students give the main idea and one or two supporting details from each section of the text.  Look at the example of the organizer below to see how we would summarize the article "Sea Turtle Rescue":

"Sea Turtle Rescue":

Main Idea(s) From Portion

Main Idea(s) From Portion

Main Idea(s) From Portion

Main Idea(s) From Portion

Introduction:

Kids in Mafia Island helped raise community awareness about why sea turtles are important.

“Sea Life Needs Sea Turtles”

Sea turtles play a key role in Mafia Island’s chain of life.

“Kids Teach, Adults Learn”

Dr. Muir set up an educational program about sea turtles and got kids and fishermen involved.

“Success Saving Sea Turtles”

The program seems to have succeeded.

Detail #1

Fishermen sold sea turtles for their meat.

 

 

Detail #1

Sea grass beds need sea turtles to graze on them in order to stay healthy.

Detail #1

Teenagers held competitions to teach adults about turtles.

 

 

Detail #1

Killing turtles and taking their eggs almost completely stopped.

Detail #2

A fisherman spared the life of a sea turtle because of the efforts of the kids.

Detail #2

Four of the world’s five sea turtles swim in the waters off Mafia.

Detail #2

Fishermen who guard nests and turn over live sea turtles get paid.

Detail #2

 

Did you remember to include main ideas from all portions of the text?

 

 To practice summarizing informational text.

 To practice summarizing informational text.

  To practice summarizing literary text.

  To practice summarizing literary text.






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