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Time to Summarize: Summarizing Information from Multiple Sources

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Author:Courtney Karr
System: Lawrence County
School: Lawrence County Board Of Education
  General Lesson Information  
Lesson Plan ID: 33107


Time to Summarize: Summarizing Information from Multiple Sources


Students will read an informational text and watch a video about clocks and time. Students will then use the information from both sources to develop a summary.

This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.

 Associated Standards and Objectives 
Content Standard(s):
ELA2015 (4)
2. Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text. [RL.4.2]
ELA2015 (4)
7. Make connections between the text of a story or drama and a visual or oral presentation of the text, identifying where each version reflects specific descriptions and directions in the text. [RL.4.7]

Local/National Standards:


Primary Learning Objective(s):

I can gather information from a video and determine its importance.

I can select important information from a text. 

I can construct a summary by gathering information from multiple sources.

Additional Learning Objective(s):

 Preparation Information 

Total Duration:

31 to 60 Minutes

Materials and Resources:

  • video - It's about Time
  • passage - Excerpt from About Time: A First Look at Time and Clocks
  • yellow and orange crayons
  • paper
  • pencil

Technology Resources Needed:

*All technology options are optional. Read the Procedure Section to decide which options you would like to use.

  • computers for students
  • Microsoft Word or Google Docs
  • Student Email Accounts




View attached video to make sure it will work on the computer you will be using.

Print copies of the passage for each student.


Should have experience summarizing information from one source.


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 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 each sentence yellow and the punctuation at the end of each sentence 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.)

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Assessment Strategies

Students will turn in the final draft of their summary to be graded as a summative assessment. Students will be provided with a rubric before writing the summary, and the grade will be assigned based on how the student meets the requirements of the rubric. 


Have students compare and contrast the information provided in the text and video. 

Have students research to find a third source to add information to the summary.


Provide an outline of the movie notes.

Provide a graphic organizer to organize facts from the passage.

Each area below is a direct link to general teaching strategies/classroom accommodations for students with identified learning and/or behavior problems such as: reading or math performance below grade level; test or classroom assignments/quizzes at a failing level; failure to complete assignments independently; difficulty with short-term memory, abstract concepts, staying on task, or following directions; poor peer interaction or temper tantrums, and other learning or behavior problems.

Presentation of Material Environment
Time Demands Materials
Attention Using Groups and Peers
Assisting the Reluctant Starter Dealing with Inappropriate Behavior
Be sure to check the student's IEP for specific accommodations.