When your students summarize, do they share every detail that they remember from the story? When summarizing, students need to learn to filter out the unimportant information but this can be hard, especially for our youngest learners. Alphaboxes are a great way to help children key in on the most important words and ideas presented in a text. In this example of alphaboxes, we used Donald Crews’ book Shortcut with our first grade readers. As we read, we recorded the words that seemed most important. At the end, we used those words to help us craft a simple summary of what the text was about. As you can see, the kids were spot on without all the fluff!
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