WHO is the selection mostly about?
WHAT is the main idea of the selection?
WHEN did this person live or WHEN was this place created? WHERE did this person live or WHERE is this place? WHY is this person or place important?
HOW is this person or place described?
Use the answers to these questions to write a one or two sentence summary of the selection as a class. Students practice writing nonfiction summaries with additional nonfiction selections.
Strategies to Achieve Reading Success (STARS) Strategy 12 (pages 104-111) focuses on summarizing and has sample selections that can be used for instruction.