Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Summarize It Videos

These summarization videos are a wonderful way to pull apart text, read deeply, and determine importance! 

Students are to read a text, and then break the text down into beginning/middle/end with important events. We always have students fill out some sort of graphic organizer while reading to help organize their thoughts. The app Popplet can also help students to organize their thoughts as they are reading! We require students students to write a minimum of 1-2 complete and thoughtful sentences for each part of the story.  

Students then use the app Drawing Pad (although any drawing app will do) to create a picture of each scene or topic they've decided is important from the story. For example, one picture for the important events at the beginning of the story, one for the middle, and one for the end. Students should save these completed pictures to their camera rolls.

Students then import their pictures into iMovie in the correct sequence. Before each picture shows in iMovie, students use the record function on the iPad to record themselves reading their summary of the story. 

In this example, the story the students were working on was about a young boy who was deaf, but learned to play percussion instruments (Moses Goes to a Concert). Our classes learned about percussion instruments, and students used GarageBand in order to create their own track of music using percussion instruments for the background music of their movie. 

Check out one student's final Summarize It video here! The summary, pictures, and background music track were all created by the student. 

The Common Core Anchor Standards included in this project are: 

Reading (1) Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it.

Reading (2) Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; Summarize the ket supporting details and ideas. 

Reading (3) Analyze how and why individuals, events, or ideas develop and interact over the course of a text. 

And the apps used are:


Happy creating!!!

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