In this activity, we’re going to become summarising superstars.
When we summarise, we pick out key points from a text.
Summarising also picks out the main idea of a text.
Think about the last book you read.
Could you summarise the main events of the book in no more than 15 words?
Here’s the main idea of the last book I read:
A boy finds out he is a wizard and goes to wizard school.
In this summary, I haven’t mentioned all the extra information like what the boy looks like and what he eats for breakfast.
Summary questions often ask us to order events in a text.
Read this recount:
Yesterday was the best day of my life. My awesome dad treated me to a trip to the largest water park in the country.
Annoyingly, dad woke me up early to beat the traffic so I was a bit grumpy on the drive there. When we arrived, I saw the giant, colourful slides and forgot about the early start. Firstly, I went on the rushing rapids. They were incredibly fun and the powerful water threw my body all over the place. I kept bashing and bouncing into other people. It was so funny. After that, I went on the dramatic drop slide. I was a little bit nervous at the top but I went for it and it was thrilling. Finally, we went in the wave pool and I loved jumping up and down with the movement of the waves. I can’t wait to visit again next year.
Here are the three main events from this recount.
Which order do these three events go in?
|The narrator went on the drop slide.|
|The narrator woke up early.|
|The narrator went on the rapids.|
Here is the correct order.
Did you get the same?
|The narrator went on the drop slide.||3|
|The narrator woke up early.||1|
|The narrator went on the rapids.||2|
In this activity, we will use our summarising skills to summarise and order main events from texts.
Are you ready to get started?