My second graders are working on learning how to write a summary. Our first summary was of A Chair For My Mother by Vera B Williams. The first step in our process was to read the book in sections and to write the main idea of each section on a sticky note.
After each student determined the main idea for each of the four sections of the book we worked together to determine how we could put our ideas together as a group.
Finally, each student used their own notes and wrote a summary paragraph. They did a great job on their first summary paragraphs. Samples will come soon.