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Writing a summary is definitely an essential writing skill for students.  For teachers it can demonstrate understanding of concepts, processes and story lines.  To summarize successfully students need to read, sort, organize and compose information.  Here is the scaffolded approach I have developed that lets you pinpoint your instruction and support struggling students where they need assistance. When you first approach summary writing you want to...

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I wanted to be a teacher since the first day of Kindergarten. Who didn't? But this story starts about 2004, not 1971. I was at a District professional development as required before we start the new school year. The presenter was explaining how I wouldn't have to lesson plan any more because I would just go to the next lesson and read the blue...

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I love school!  I love it so much I found a way to never have to leave.  But, we all know this isn't true for everyone.  My brother, he didn't really care for school and I am sure the only thing that got him there without tears every day was the big playground equipment. Reading was not fun, writing on lines was not fun and basically...

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