Teaching Students to Summarize with Google Docs

Learning to write a summary can be a tricky skill for students.  It is not always easy to pick the appropriate information to include.  One way I help my students write a summary is with google docs. 


Learning to write a summary can be a tricky skill for students.  It is not always easy to pick the appropriate information to include.  One way I help my students write a summary is with google docs.  Click here to learn more.









I start by sharing this template with students.  The question words focus the student on main points of the story.

Learning to write a summary can be a tricky skill for students.  It is not always easy to pick the appropriate information to include.  One way I help my students write a summary is with google docs.  Click here to learn more.

In the beginning, I assign a question word to each student and we work on the document together.  Students can type words and phrases with relevant information.

Learning to write a summary can be a tricky skill for students.  It is not always easy to pick the appropriate information to include.  One way I help my students write a summary is with google docs.  Click here to learn more.







Now it is time to put those sentences together into a nice paragraph!  The summary chart is set up in the order that the information should be written.  The information typed in blue can all be combined into an introductory sentence. The information in red can be combined for the next sentence and the information in the green other section can be a closing sentence.






There are a few different ways that students can complete their paragraph:
  • Students can give sentences orally and the teacher can type
  • Print the chart and hand write underneath
  • Type the summary
  • Use the Voice Typing option (in tools) to type






My students have been obsessed with chatterpix lately.  Chatterpix is a free app and they use the ipad to record their summary.










Once your students get comfortable with this chart, they can become more independent.  You can:
  • Assign students their own summary chart to work on individually
  • Give students a summary chart without the color coding







C L I C K H E R E to link to the summary chart for you to use!  It is shared as “view only” so you will need to go to File > Make a copy in order to edit the doc.

http://bit.ly/GoogleSummary

Thank you for taking the time to check out how I use google docs to teach students how to write a summary!  Let me know in the comments if you have any questions or have any other ideas on how to use google docs in the classroom!

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Learning to write a summary can be a tricky skill for students.  It is not always easy to pick the appropriate information to include.  One way I help my students write a summary is with google docs.  Click here to learn more.




7 comments

  1. I absolutely love this idea and believe it will help my students for next year. Thank you!

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    1. Thank you Chimere for stopping by and your kind words! I hope your students enjoy it!

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    2. Thank you Margo for commenting and reading the post!

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  2. Thanks for this blog post. I pinned it on my summarizing board. I've been looking for new summary ideas, and you helped! Thanks! http://teamtomwaters.blogspot.com/2016/07/how-to-teach-summarizing.html

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  3. Great idea! I'm having trouble getting to the google doc, though. When I click on the pic I get the jpg, not the google doc. Can you provide the link to share? Thanks

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    1. Hi Andrea! I'm sorry that happened thank you for letting me know. I updated the post to add the link in another spot - but here it is: http://bit.ly/GoogleSummary

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