teaching resource

Summarizing Nonfiction Graphic Organizer Pack

  • Updated

    Updated:  10 Jul 2023

Help students summarize nonfiction texts with this set of graphic organizers.

  • Editable

    Editable:  Google Slides

  • Non-Editable

    Non-Editable:  PDF

  • Pages

    Pages:  1 Page

  • Curriculum
  • Grades

    Grades:  4 - 6

  • Differentiated

    Differentiated:  Yes

teaching resource

Summarizing Nonfiction Graphic Organizer Pack

  • Updated

    Updated:  10 Jul 2023

Help students summarize nonfiction texts with this set of graphic organizers.

  • Editable

    Editable:  Google Slides

  • Non-Editable

    Non-Editable:  PDF

  • Pages

    Pages:  1 Page

  • Curriculum
  • Grades

    Grades:  4 - 6

  • Differentiated

    Differentiated:  Yes

Help students summarize nonfiction texts with this set of graphic organizers.

Summarize Nonfiction Texts Graphic Organizer Templates

Use these simple graphic organizers when summarizing a piece of nonfiction text for the main idea and its supporting detail. Printing this template and putting it in a clear plastic sleeve means your students can use a whiteboard maker and use the template repeatedly.

The following templates are included:

  • Summarizing a Text – Main Idea and four bits of detail + a spot to put a summary
  • Summarizing Nonfiction texts – before, during, and after the text has been written
  • Summarize It! Worksheet with a checklist for a summary
  • Nonfiction Summary – a spot for the main idea, supporting details, and summary
  • Ice-cream-themed summary
  • House-themed summary

Differentiation: with ten different graphic organizers to choose between, you can pick the more simple layout or a more detailed approach depending on the knowledge level of your students. 

Why Use a Graphic Organizer

Using a graphic organizer is an effective instructional strategy that can greatly benefit children in numerous ways.

Firstly, graphic organizers help students visually organize their thoughts and ideas, providing a clear structure for their thinking process. This visual representation enhances their understanding of concepts, promotes critical thinking, and fosters meaningful connections between different pieces of information.

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This resource was created by Lindsey Phillips, a teacher in Michigan and a Teach Starter collaborator.

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