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Sample Lesson Plan on Summaries

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    • Natalie Peterkin
    • East Los Angeles Community College & Mount San Antonio College
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    Students analyze how a summary writer can use phrases to point out the role of different parts of a text in its overall argument.


    Have students read Chapter 3: Writing a Summary of Another Writer’s Argument on their own or (listen to the audio version by clicking the play button at the top of each page).

    Group Exercise 

    Class Discussion

    • Does labeling the parts of the summary give them a clearer picture of the argument or lead them to any new observations about it?  
    • Are there any places where it wasn't clear how a point fit into the overall argument?  How could the writer have introduced the point to make it clearer?

    Optional Extensions

    • Ask students to annotate their own summary drafts to see if they have described claims, reasons, counterarguments, and limits. If they are missing any of these elements, they can reread the argument to see if it included them or not.
    • Ask students to draw a map of a sample summary using this Google Drawings argument map template

    This page titled Sample Lesson Plan on Summaries is shared under a CC BY-NC 4.0 license and was authored, remixed, and/or curated by Natalie Peterkin.