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March 28, 2010

Writing a Summary

I took a workshop last week and one of the ideas presented was so neat. It can be adapted in many different ways! I had to share. I plan to use it in my book clubs in the upcoming weeks!

The $2.00 Summary:

A way to retell a lesson or write a summary in a quick and short manner using words and a little math. You have to use specific details because each word is worth money. You cannot go over $2.00!

Each word is worth 5 cents!
Free words: the, and, of, is, a, an


Example:

Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny used to live in a boxcar, but now they live with their grandfather. He takes them on a cruise in the Caribbean and suddenly a mystery begins. The children work together to solve the mystery.

The total summary is $1.60.

This can be used in a lot of classes! In reading, children could write after reading a short story or various chapters in a book. Have partners write one together the first few times! I would not overuse this activity in order to keep it a freah challenge to students.

Happy Reading and Writing!

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