Summarization in Any Subject: 50 Techniques to Improve Student Learning / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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Wormeli, a teacher certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, makes a case for summarization as one of the most effective, flexible, and engaging ways to improve student learning. He presents written, spoken, artistic, and kinesthetic summarization techniques for both individual assignments and group activities across the content areas. Suitable for students in grades 3-12, the techniques are easily adjustable to any curriculum and presented with detailed directions and multidisciplinary examples. The book concludes with original text excerpts and activity prompts. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
|Publisher:||Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
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Summarization In Any Subject based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
In Summarization in Any Subject the author, defines summarization as the "restating of the text or experience in as few words as possible", and makes the case that it is underused as a teaching tool. His opinion is that summarization can be accomplished in a variety of ways, not only as writing, but orally, physically, dramatically, visually, musically, and in groups or individually, which keeps it interesting for the students. Considered one of the nine best teaching strategies, summarization is an essential skill students will carry with them to the workplace. How and when we use summarization is also important. Studies have shown that good teachers introduce the main ideas of a lesson within the first ten minutes of class. This makes use of the Primary - Regency Effect that states, "we remember best what we experience first in a lesson and second best what we experience last". So how we structure our lessons has a direct effect on what the students retain. The ability to identify the important information in a text and how to structure that information into a meaningful and successful application are according to Wormeli, the greatest gifts that a teacher can give their students. It is essential that teachers convey to the students that summarization is just not retelling, but a strategy that will help them make the content stay with them. No one is born knowing how to summarize, it is a learned skill, and this book help define the steps toward that goal. For all his topics and recommendations the author provides strategies and graphic organizers that work for those items, which he has arranged on a handy chart. The rest of the book is strategies, sample texts and activities for oral summarizing, paraphrasing and evaluating summaries. Summarization in Any Subject is a very hands-on book, that doesn't waste time going over a lot of theories. The first 32 pages describe his opinion and tactics and the rest of the 226 pages are devoted to strategies and activities for the classroom. It's a keeper.
We usually do not review books older than a year, but this title drew attention to itself at a recent ASCD conference. So few books or articles give attention to the skill of summarization or synthesis, that as we thought it necessary to review. Perhaps language arts textbooks cover this topic. Perhaps teachers regularly teach it. Then why is it so difficult when kids and teens do research in many different sources. Why is it so difficult to pick out the main ideas and then describe those ideas in synonymous terms but not the actual verbage of the author? Could it be that it is difficult? Taught improperly? Just a sign of kid laziness? In any event, whatever the cause, Wormeli provides fifty strategies for teaching this beast as opposed to fifty ways to leave your lover (that old joke). Right there, this book is worth its price, because, in this day of cut and paste, drastic measures need to be taken. In the latest presidential elections, we see commentators take statements out of context all the time. Perhaps we should recommend this one for every reporter: what is the big idea here and how can I make it my own? The ideas given are in a 2-3 page explanation with examples, so they are easily sampled and analyzed for worth an even for testing on out crowd of researchers. Can¿t miss on this one.
This is a very easy book to use. I have used it when working with Marzano's work on summarization. The book is laid out to give teachers a quick way to use summarization in all subject areas and using different learning styles. If you teach or work in education this is a great resource.