This simple summarization strategy teaches students to combine the main ideas from a passage into a succinct summary that is one paragraph long. This is a strategy that skilled readers use to help them remember the most important information in a text during and after reading. Students that summarize reach higher levels of comprehension and retain more content information. The summarization strategy covered in this toolkit builds upon the Get the Gist (main idea) strategy.
Note: For a summarization strategy that focuses on more detailed summary writing skills, see the Summary Skills Strategy Toolkit.
Field Guide Alignment: Reading and Reading Interventions, Principle 6, Practice 2