Post: How to teach summarizing, improve learning,stop plagiarizing
    Posted by: Teachers.Net Gazette on 4/06/17
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    4 Easy Teaching Strategies for Summarizing Skills
    By Susan Fitzell

    Summarizing is a life-long skill that greatly affects
    student learning. It is also a skill that students struggle
    with significantly. One of the worst consequences of a lack
    of summarizing skills is the ease with which students will
    mistakenly plagiarize. Early in my teaching career, I
    noticed that when students were assigned a summarizing
    assignment, they would simply copy sentences from the book
    rearranged. Rather than read a sentence and tell it in their
    own words, they simply switched the wording around.

    Not only were they simply copying, they were doing it
    poorly. When Id question their methodology and suggest that
    they were plagiarizing, they were adamant that they were not
    plagiarizing because what they wrote did not look exactly
    the same as the text from which they were copying. Finally,
    through trial and error, I discovered that if students read
    a paragraph, then covered it, then stated what they read in
    one sentence, they could often summarize the paragraph in
    their own words.

    Summarizing allows students to re-frame their understanding
    by identifying key facts and concepts, filing information
    away in long-term memory in a more concise way. Much
    research has been done on the efficacy of summarizing.
    Marzano, Pickering, and Pollack do an excellent job of
    compiling and presenting that research in teacher-friendly

    Here are four great ways to teach summarizing skills to your
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    Four Easy Teaching Strategies for Summarizing Skills by Susan Fitzell

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