I have 3,000 followers over on TeachersPayTeachers! To celebrate, I've posted a brand new freebie for the start of the school year.
This resource is created as a start of year summarizing and analysis activity. First, students complete repeated readings of an original text; then, they work through a scaffolded summary and a textual analysis.
To create this activity, I started with the question, "What would I like to have to teach?" Then I created it! I'm especially pleased with the scaffolded summary--I think this will really help start of year learners to understand how to summarize complex text.