Lesson of the Month: Summarizing an expository piece
Objective: Students summarize an expository piece using the summarizing framework and write an extended summary statement using informative verbs. The verbs can also be used to write informative sentences for reading response journals.
Possible expository books:
Example: What Happens in Autumn by Suzanne Venino
Main Idea #1: Leaves
Main Idea #2: Other Plants
Main Idea #3: Animals
Main Idea #4: Harvest
Ex: The text gives information about what happens during autumn. The author explains about leaves and other plants. It also focuses on the animals in fall and uncovers facts about the harvest.
See About Autumn sheet for Informative Verb list.
4. Chart information the students learned from the book. See available PDF download below.
5. Finally, have students write informative or opinion sentences with the information they learned from the piece.
Informative Sentence Starters:
*Note: You can easily turn this lesson into a descriptive lesson using the 5 senses. Take a look at the section on elaborative detail in our new grade level Narrative Guides.