Rock Hyraxes- Finding Key Words & Summarizing

posted May 3, 2016, 6:49 PM by Patrick Johnson

Students have been learning to find keywords in articles and to write summaries using those keywords.

First students picked out the keywords from the article on rock hyraxes. The different parts of the article were covered up on the projector. I slowly uncovered the article. First the title, then the sub headings and photo captions and finally the paragraphs. Each time students picked out 1 or 2 keywords. Keywords are words that are repeated, that capture an important idea or are easy to visualize. 

Time lapse video of the article being uncovered:

Below is the article completely uncovered:

Below is a list of keywords from the article:

Students made their own list of key words:

The next day we reviewed the keywords. Students recounted the ideas contained in each keyword. Next we started a $2 summary together. A $2 summary is a way of summarizing an article in a couple of sentences. The goal is to use as many keywords as you can but keep the summary to around 20 words. Each word you use in your sentence costs 10 cents however the topic words, rock hyraxes, were considered free to use.

Together we wrote the first part of the summary which totaled $1.20. Students, after discussing with a partner, wrote their own $2 summary.

Students practising their own $2 summary on white boards. Using white boards was a great tool since gave students lots of opportunities to revise their sentences and ideas: