Readers retell &
Retell/Summarize a section of a text
Use the Circular List and Dissected Web to collect related details and summarize them in a 1-3 word label.
Apply the same process with annotation. Highlight relevant details (i.e., green) and note why they’re important (i.e., whylighting).
Paraphrase an author’s ideas.
Summarize the whole text
YOUNGER READERS: Use the 1-3 word labels or mini-retellings from each section to generate the multi-sentence summary. Combine those words and phrases to create a couple sentences that retell what the whole text was about.
Stretch section labels into a summary paragraph.
Transfer section labels in order. Stretch them into written or oral sentences to create a whole-text retell.
(Make another copy of the second page if the text has more than four sections/labels.)
OLDER READERS: Use the 1-3 word labels or mini-retellings from each section to generate the multi-sentence summary. Simply stretch each into a sentence and stack the sentences to follow the order of the original passage.