Key concepts from CBA
Main Idea, Summarization, & Nonfiction
Summarizing for Informational and Expository text
"Ultimately, it is important to remember that summarizing is an in-the-head strategy
whose sole purpose is to help the reader comprehend text. Even though students are
required to write or select a good summary on proficiency tests, we want the learner to be
able to select the important ideas and carry them forward as tools of thought."
—Fountas and Pinnell, 2001
Using Comic Strips to Summarize nonfiction
Courtesy of teachinginroom6.blogspot.com
Comics, in and of themselves, are short visual ways to get across a huge message. That is basically what a summary does. It takes a lot of information and condenses it down to only the things that are absolutely necessary to get the point across. Perfect match!
So here is how the project goes:
The Boston Tea Party (Graphic History). This book is GREAT! I really gets the point of the Boston Tea Party across, keeps the interest of the students, and helps them to understand the action with the dialogue and pictures. We compared the non-fiction text to the graphic novel to see how the graphic novel really summarized the history text. It was great to see how the important parts were pulled out and portrayed graphically.