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Providing an Objective Summary of an Informational Text

English Language Arts, Grade 8

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COMMON CORE: COMMON CORE: STRATEGIES STRATEGIES How do good readers provide an objective summary of an informational text? Visit www.newpathlearning.com for Online Learning Resources. © Copyright NewPath Learning. All Rights Reserved. 91-4456 Layers of information Topic Read the first and last sentence or paragraph. Ask, “What is this text mostly about?” Think, “What word or words are being repeated?” Main Idea Ask, “What is the author trying to tell me about the topic?” Major Details Ask, “What reasons or points support the main idea about the topic?” Read headings and subheadings. Look for signal words: several kinds, various causes, first of all, another, a number of, a few reasons, several factors, in addition, furthermore, last of all, and finally. Minor Details Ask, “what examples, details or statistics illustrate the topic?” Use text features such as illustration, pictures, graphs and charts. Look for signal words: for example, for instance, to be specific, that is, this means, to illustrate.
COMMON CORE: COMMON CORE: STRATEGIES STRATEGIES Can you provide an objective summary of an informational text? Visit www.newpathlearning.com for Online Learning Resources. © Copyright NewPath Learning. All Rights Reserved. 91-4456 Name of text: __________________________________________ Layers of information Topic Main Idea Major Details Minor Details