Rivendell Middle Kids

Summarizing a Short Story

Wow – these kids did a fantastic job with our new skill of summarizing a story today!  Our method of using 5 different colored pencils to differentiate between the different parts of a summary worked really well for them.  The five parts of a short summary are: Somebody, Wanted, But, So, Then.  They loosely correspond with the parts of a creative story: The main character and setting, the problem, the path toward a solution, and the solution to the problem.
The idea is to retell the important parts of the story “in a nutshell.”  We will keep working on this skill, but considering the fact that for many of them this was their very first time, I am SO impressed!