Reading College Text and Summarizing Readings
About this Skill
This lesson covers two topics that have to do withmastering new material: reading college textbooks and writing summaries of written material. You can use what’s most relevant for your students.
The lesson includes a quick refresher on concept mapping, which is covered in the Note-Taking Skills lesson. However, the emphasis here is on how to create written summaries.
Students will be able to:
- Explain which parts of a textbook chapter to focus on first to get a solid overview.
- Commit to try out recommended methods for reading and studying textbooks.
- Write summaries of short or medium-length texts, demonstrating that they can distinguish main ideas from minor points.
You can modify this as you wish.
Lesson 1: About 60 minutes
- What We’ll Cover – 3 minutes
- Reading College Textbooks – 25 minutes
– Common Textbook Challenges – 5 minutes
– Tips on Reading College Textbooks – 10 minutes
– Pair-Share-Discuss – 7 minutes
- Summarizing Readings – 25 – 30 minutes
– Introduction/Discussion – 5 minutes
– How to Summarize – 15 – 20 minutes
– Concept Mapping – 3 minutes
- Assign Homework – 2 minutes
Lesson 2: About 20 minutes
- Pair – Share – Discuss Summaries – 10 minutes. As part of this, students suggest summaries to show to full class.
- Full class Discusses Students’ Summaries – 10 – 15 minutes
Plan to collect and review students’ summaries. Hand out your feedback the following class.
Note: If you’ve also asked students to try out new methods for reading their textbooks, add about 5 -10 minutes to check in and ask about how this went.
See the Follow-Up section for ideas on continuing to help students build their summarizing skills during the semester. You can use increasingly challenging assignments, and also have students experiment with concept mapping.