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ERIC Number: EJ896912
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0034-0561
Remarkable Retellings, Super Summaries
Reading Teacher, v64 n1 p61-63 Sep 2010
Retelling and summarizing are great ways to get children involved in what they're reading--and thinking about what they understand in texts. Summarizing is a more complex task than retelling. Creating a formal summary usually involves reducing a text by about a third, writing a topic statement, eliminating redundant and unimportant details, and more. A teacher can help students make the transition from retelling to summarizing by encouraging them to paraphrase. In a retelling, students often rely on the author's words. With paraphrasing, they use their own words to tell or write about what happens in a text. This article includes a reproducible event map with instructions to use pictures or words to retell the events of the story in the correct order.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Kindergarten; Preschool Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A