Rock Hyraxes- Finding Key Words & Summarizing

posted May 14, 2015, 4:53 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. 

Below is the article completely uncovered:

Below is a list of keywords from the article that students picked out.

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 the second sentence for the summary and they had to keep their summery to 90 cents or less.

Students spent a lot of time revising their sentences in order to fit as many important ideas from the article as possible. 

Finally students presented their summary to the class and we recorded it on an iPad. The recordings are a little bit rough but you can really hear students effort in trying to keep the summary short and concise.