When students are asked to determine the most important ideas in a text or video segment, they must think deeply about the material. As they eliminate extraneous information, they think about context and consider the big ideas, leading to better understanding and recall of what they have read and seen.
These instructional strategies provide opportunities for students to use Discovery Education digital media resources to develop summarization skills.
We hope you’ll try one or more strategy and share your experience with us in the comments or the DEN Online Community.
Switcheroo (CDN Version) involves students in creating cards containing big ideas and vocabulary from a media selection and then meet with other students to collaboratively review the material and exchange cards.
Four to One (CDN Version) requires students to closely observe four separate images and write a sentence about each one. Next, they combine those images, looking for similarities and connections in order to write one sentence that incorporates all four images.
PMI (CDN Version) encourages students to synthesize what they know about a topic by looking at it from multiple perspectives. They use a three-column organizer to record plus, minus, and interesting facts or new ideas before discussing them with a partner.
Sticky Back (CDN Version) encourages students to listen and watch closely in order to remember unique facts and details that help to summarize what they’ve learned. Students use the back side (sticky side) of a sticky note to record ideas, submitting them to a common location where they are reviewed by the class for accuracy and originality.
Z Chart (CDN Version) helps students summarize information through the use of linguistic and nonlinguistic representations. Students use a graphic organizer in the form of a giant Z to organize important points, wrapping it up with a short summary of what they’ve learned.
321 Pyramid (CDN Version) provides a structured opportunity for students to synthesize information they’ve learned from digital media. They use a triangle graphic organizer to record facts, points of importance, and a summary of the content.