1. Tell students that today they are going to write a summary by using information from multiple sources. First, we are going to watch a short video about clocks, and then we will read an excerpt from a book called About Time: A First Look at Time and Clocks.
2. Remind students of the importance of taking good notes. The notes from the video will be used to construct a summary. Make sure you include all of the information that you feel is important.
3. Show the video Its About Time. Allow students time during and after the video for jotting down notes.
4. Give students a copy of an excerpt from About Time: A First Look at Time and Clocks. (Click Appendix B and scroll to the appropriate passage.) Have students read the passage and highlight important information.
5. Allow students time to share and compare notes with a partner.
6. Tell students to combine the notes from both the video and the passage into an organized summary of the information. Allow students time to write the first draft of the summary.
7. Tell students to go back through the summary and color all the capital letters at the beginning of the sentence yellow and the punctuation at the end of the sentences orange. Any words that the student is unsure how to spell should be circled.
8. Students will then return to their partner and will peer edit each other’s summary.
9. After the revisions have been made, students should write a final draft. If the technology is available, allow students to type the final draft in a word document or on google docs. This will help students with the typing portion of the state assessments. (Optional: Students can email the rough draft to a partner for peer editing, and the partner can use highlighting tools to assist with editing.)