Summarising and linking the main ideas across sentences and paragraphs. This activity can be repeated to allow students to practise summarising and linking the main ideas within the text across sentences and paragraphs.
After reading a paragraph of two to three sentences ask the student to reread the text and identify:
the key vocabulary within the paragraph (ask the student to check the meaning of any unfamiliar words and suggest synonyms for these words)
the main ideas within the paragraph
the main questions answered by the paragraph,
Repeat this procedure with subsequent paragraphs in the text, recording the key vocabulary and main ideas, and questions that each paragraph answers in a table as presented below.
Ask the student to summarise the information presented within the paragraph and check their suggested summary with the information recorded on the table.
Use the information recorded on the table to support the student to summarise and link the main ideas within the text across the paragraphs.