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Summarizing a Story


Summarizing a story is a necessary skill that all children must learn. It requires that they be able to identify major story elements and write them in a brief paragraph. Story summaries train children for advanced writing later on.




In the Write from History series children are asked to write story summaries as one method of narration. A very simple yet effective method was introduced in the Write from History text; however, some students may prefer a more formal method of summarizing a story.


In the soon to be released Writing from Rhetoric Book 1 Student Workbook, I cover the method in detail. Upon completing that portion of the text, and receiving questions from moms regarding summarizing a story, I realized that this information would be very helpful for individuals that have purchased the Write from History series, or for anyone else teaching children to summarize a story.