In thinking about how to help students read the High-Interest Article in Pay for Play, I knew I’d use this text to work on their summarizing skills. Because of the multiple viewpoints of the article, I knew I’d need to guide my students through this process.
Summarizing is an important skill because it:
- improves a student’s degree of comprehension, and
- promotes organized information retention.
Summarizing requires the students to find the most essential information in the text and then condense it by combining the ideas into a coherent statement. It takes repeated practice for students to recognize the difference between relevant and irrelevant information, and then to categorize and classify that information and write a summary.
G.R.A.S.P. is one idea I use to teach students how to write summaries. I like it because of the working relationship that develops between the students and me. We complete each step together and make decisions about which facts are big ideas and which are less important details until a consensus is reached. It’s not an easy activity to do alone. Teachers and students benefit from the interaction between each other.
Click to download the PDF: G.R.A.S.P. Summarizing Strategy Using Pay for Play
If you’d like to use the PowerPoint to teach the strategy, download here: G.R.A.S.P. Summarizing Strategy PowerPoint
This strategy meets the following College and Career Readiness Anchor Standard for Reading: Key Ideas and Details
- Determine central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text