Before It’s Too Late

Students will read and summarize an 8-page chapter from a book on the subject of raising children to be responsible.

Anchor(s)

R2: Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas. (Apply this standard to texts of appropriate complexity as outlined by Standard 10.) W9: Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research. (Apply this standard to texts of appropriate complexity as outlined by Standard 10.)

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Activity steps

  1. Show students the 6-minute video opens in a new window Writing an Objective Summary.
  2. In this activity, students will close read and annotate Chapter 8 of Before It’s Too Late, which focuses on raising children to be responsible. Refer to the opens in a new window GEDTS guide Hitting the Mark – Taking a Deeper Dive into Reading for strategies for leading close reading activities as an instructor.
  3. During their second reading, instruct students to identify the central idea of the chapter.
  4. Then, ask them to summarize each body paragraph with a sentence.
  5. Guide students in combining the central idea and supportive summary sentences into a cohesive, one-paragraph, objective summary, adding transitions words as necessary. Use the opens in a new window Objective Summary Checklist to help students stay within the parameters.
  6. Ask students to share work with a partner and proof for opinion or plagiarized words and phrases.
  7. Have students revise their work and hand it in.

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