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 LOOK FORs                                                  ASK ABOUTs
   • Summarizing reflects evidence of student                 • What summarizing strategy did you use in
      learning                                                   your lesson?
   • All students have the opportunity to                     • How do you provide an opportunity for all
      participate in summarizing                                 students to summarize?
   • Summarizing is guided by the essential                   • What evidence do you have of student
      question                                                   learning?

 There are TWO ways to use summarizing in your lesson.

 1. DURING THE LESSON ~ Distributed Summarizing: Assessment Prompts
 Using Assessment Prompts During Teaching
What?                       Why?               When?                                How?

Questions and tasks         Helps teachers     Think of the teaching component as   Design questions and
designed to gather          adjust             a series of distributed learning     tasks that will elicit
evidence of learning        instruction.       experiences each followed by an      evidence of learning.
throughout the lesson.      Helps students     assessment prompt:                   Use to check for
                            self –assess.      Teach                                understanding at
                                               Assessment Prompt                    strategic points in the
                                               Teach                                lesson.
                                               Assessment Prompt
                                               Assessment Prompt

Planning questions: Are assessment prompts used throughout the lesson to check for understanding? Do the
assessment prompts allow you to assess all students?
Examples of activities to use with Assessment Prompts:
Written                      Oral               Visual                              Show Me
Think-Ink-Share             Think-Pair-Share   Draw a diagram or sketch             Word sort
Quick Write                 Numbered Heads     Create a visual symbol               Classify items
Journal response            Pairs Checking     Complete a graphic organizer         Mini-whiteboard
Carousel brainstorm         One Question       Think-Sketch-Share                   ABCD cards
R.A.F.T.                    Quiz               Concept Map                          Demonstrate
Math problems                                                                       Thumbs Up, Thumbs
Add to L on KWL                                                                     Down
Response cards                                                                      Gallery Walk
The answer is….write the
One Question Quiz
Revise a word splash
 2. AFTER THE LESSON: Summarizing

What?                                                 Why?                                  When?

Students summarize learning and answer the            Gives evidence of student learning.   Throughout the lesson and at
essential question.                                                                         the end.
                                                      Helps students remember the
                                                      content longer.

 Summarizing Strategy Planning Questions:
 How will I ensure that all students participate?
 Does the activity have students answer the essential question?
 Did I use an activating strategy that I can return to here?

 Summarizing Strategy Examples
 Summary Sentence
 Write one sentence that summarizes the learning.

 It’s Okay to Pass Summary Notes
 Students write a summary paragraph answering the essential questions on a small piece of paper. Notes are
 exchanged with a partner who responds to the accuracy of the answer.

 Ticket out the Door
 Students respond to a prompt which they may turn in, share with the class, or share with another pair.

 Example “Tell the major point of today’s lesson making sure you have answered the essential question. If you
 are unsure about something from the lesson, please write down your question.”

 Summaries on a Ring
 Students write an essential question and a summary answer on an index card. Hole punch the index cards for
 students to keep on an “O” ring as the unit progresses.

 Acrostic Summary
 Write a word or phrase for each letter in the topic being studied.

 Alphabetical Summary
 Distribute magnetic, plastic, or wooden letters to each pair or group. The students must generate a sentence that
 tells an important detail about the topic being studied that begins with the letter assigned.
 Students write about 3 things, 2 things, 1 thing.
          3 situations where you would need to find perimeter
          2 ways to find the perimeter of a rectangle
          1 way that you’ll remember what perimeter is

 Dear Teacher (Absent Student, Fourth Grader, Principal, etc.)
 Write a letter to ____________________ explaining what has been learned and answering the essential
Students rewrite the wordsplash completed during the activating part of the lesson correcting errors and

The Important Thing
The important thing about ____________________ is ___________________________.
Detail sentence about the topic
Detail sentence about the topic
Detail sentence about the topic
But, the most important thing about _____________________ is __________________.

Learning Logs
Use composition books, stenographer pads or student made learning logs.
Examples of Prompts for Learning Logs:
Today I learned……
What would you do differently next time?
My work shows…
What changes did you make?
The best parts of my work today were…
It was hard for me to learn about…
I would like to find the answer to…
I would like to learn more about…
What part did you struggle with?
I’ve been thinking about…
Three things I wonder about…
Something new I learned today is…
How did your thinking change?

Students complete the “L” on the K-W-L and summarize what has been learned.

Anticipation Guide
Students revisit the anticipation guide to respond based on new learning.

While designed for introducing vocabulary, this also makes an excellent summarizer with students giving
characteristics, examples, non-examples, and the most important thing about a topic.

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