Choosing One Word: Summarizing Shel Silverstein’s “Sick”

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  • Sep 4 2010 10:45 AM

    Teresa Tindill

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After reading Shel Silverstein's "Sick" aloud, students summarize the poem and count the words in their summary. They then summarize the poem again, using only one word. Students explain their choices and discuss the various words offered as a summary. The class then chooses the one word that best represents what is happening in the poem. Finally, students read a second poem, individually or in small groups, and summarize it using only one word.

Although this lesson plan uses the poem “Sick” as an example, this activity can be done with a text of any length or genre: poetry, picture books, short stories, plays, and novels. Less

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    Grade: TK/K to 2

    Topics: Literary Analysis, Reading Comprehension, English-Language Arts

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    Grouping: Large Group Instruction

    Teaching Method: Hands-on Learning; Brainstorming; Discussions