Summarizing is one of Marzano, et al's, Effective Teaching Strategies that help student achieve at a high level. Click on the links below for documents related to summarizing that were shared by Nan Woodson from McREL:

Summarizing and Notetaking

According to Marzano, et al, teaching students to take notes and summarize effectively will result in the second highest gains in student achievement. Effective notetaking and summarizing allows students to transfer learning and retain knowledge. Click on the links below for resources related to summarizing and notetaking compiled by Jane Cook:

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Web-based Resources

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  • Book Report Alternative: Summary, Symbol and Analysis in Bookmarks - This lesson plan from will help you and your students look at book reports in a different way.
  • How Twitter Makes You a Better Writer - Visit this blog post to see how Twitter can help you learn to summarize and be concise in your writing.
  • Six Word Memoirs at SMITH Magizine - According to the SMITH Magazine Web site: "Legend has it that Hemingway was once challenged to write a story in only six words. His response? “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” Starting in 2006, SMITH Magazine re-ignited the recountre by asking our readers for their own six-word memoirs. They sent in short life stories in droves, from the bittersweet (“Cursed with cancer, blessed with friends”) and poignant (“I still make coffee for two”) to the inspirational (“Business school? Bah! Pop music? Hurrah”) and hilarious (“I like big butts, can’t lie”)."
  • Summarization Techniques - This Web site has links to a variety of resources including techniques and graphic organizers for summarizing and notetaking.
  • Summarizing and Notetaking - This Web site contains key research findings and links to classroom examples of summarizing and notetaking.
  • Text Rendering Protocol - This protocol from the National School Reform Faculty at the Harmony Education Center helps a group collaboratively summarize and make meaning of a passage of text.
  • Thinking Allowed: Math Students Explain Problem-Solving Out Loud as They Talk Through Their Thinkiing - This Web site contains a think aloud lesson to help students summarize and retain their learning in Math.
  • Webspiration - By clicking on this link, you can create a free login at the Public Beta Webspiration to an online visual thinking, concept mapping and outlining tool that was developed by the folks who brought us Inspiration, Kidspiration and Inspire Data.