Subject: ELA (English Language Arts)

Lesson Length: 30 - 50 mins

Topic: Summarizing Text

Grade Level: 5, 6

Objective: Narration

Standards: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.2

Standards:

Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.

Brief Description: Students will create a comic summarizing a text they have read in class.

Know Before You Start: This lesson works best after reading a short story, chapter, or novel. 

Super Summaries! - Exemplar comic, panel 1 Super Summaries! - Exemplar comic, panel 2 Super Summaries! - Exemplar comic, panel 3 Super Summaries! - Exemplar comic, panel 4

Hook:

  • After completing a short story, chapter, or novel, discuss the main events .  List these events in order on the board. 
  • Review and discuss summarizing text. Which details would you include in a summary? Which details would you leave out?
  • Read the sample comic in preparation for the student activity.

Activity: Have students create a comic summarizing a story, book, or chapter they have read in class or at home. The comic should show at least four of the most important events. 

Closure: Display student comics on a bulletin board or have them share with the class. 

Differentiation:

  • Provide visuals when sequencing events 
  • Allow students to use a thinking map to organize their ideas 
  • Provide sentence stems as needed

Resources: Example comic to print or display: Comic 1.