Writing A Summary

Mini Lesson for writing summaries 12/13/2010
Writing a Summary, using Aimee Buckner’s Notebook Know-How; Strategies for the Writer’s Notebook (Stenhouse Publishers, 2005)

1. Who? – Who is the main character? Who are the other important characters?
2. Wants what? – The main character has to want something to make the story interesting. What does the main character want in the story?
3. But? – But what happens? What gets in the way of the character getting what he or she wants? This is the problem of the story and it must eventually be resolved.
4. So? – So what does the character do to try to solve the problem? What works for the character? What doesn’t?
5. Then? – And then what happens? How is the problem solved? How does the story end?

How to Classify Your Mentor Texts

Follow these guidelines to help you classify your mentor texts into three categories.  First is the text used for IDEAS.  This type of text helps the teacher and the learner to develop ideas for writing.  The second type of text has to do with structure.  This type text is useful for lifting of the STRUCTURE by the student for creating new student texts. The third type of text is for the CRAFT model, that the student would be able to imitate in writing  his or her own text.

See attached for more indepth explanation and example:


Limericks, Words That Seem to do an Irish Jig!


Mentor Text - varied version of Jack and the Beanstalk

Writing workshop is always exciting due to the vast number of mentor texts available.  While I usually try to instill free verse to encourage the writing process, it is that time of year to introduce poetic form, rhyme, and rhythm.  For this lesson in writing LIMERICKS, I chose the book, The Giant’s Toe, by Brock Cole and limericks by Paul B. Janeczko.

Check back for upcoming links to third grade voices.