Summary Star

A Summary Star is a simple tool that will allow students to focus on the story elements as they summarize the text.  They are asked to rename the story in one word, tell how it made them feel, and describe the setting, problem, and solution.  This graphic organizer can also be used to teach grammar.  Usually the renaming of the story will feature a noun.  The descripion of how they feel about the story will consist of adjectives and the setting will probably be a prepositional phrase.  The problem and solution will be stated in complete sentences.  Teachers can print and copy the Summary Star or have students draw their own.

 

Summary Star Template


  
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