Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Text Talk Summary

Reading, texting, books, communication, summary, global education, Heidi BefortLooking for a fun way to get your students talking about their literature books or independent reading choices?  Try "Text Talk Summary" to engage your students, and facilitate fun and collaborative summaries.  Your students will use the "Text Talk Summary" to communicate with a partner to write a brief summary of their readings using skills they are proficient at...text talking!  They can abbreviate and use acronyms, but their summaries need to be clear and understandable to the reader.  The first entry is an initial summary, the second entry will give each student a chance to clarify their thinking, and the third entry will be their final thoughts.  Each student will take a turn at "texting", alternating between each other and sharing thoughts.  Their final thoughts should be clear, concise, and comprehensive about their reading assignment.  You can use this with any content area reading to bring some lively talk with your students.  They will have a blast sharing their "Text Talk" with each other and the class.  Give it a try and let me know how it works!


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