Summarizing, Paraphrasing, and Retelling
My first book, published in 2006. This explains how readers summarize, the importance of teaching summarizing skills, and the connections between summarizing and paraphrasing.

Paraphrasing and Summarizing Lessons
I love making materials for the classroom. This packet includes 30 items for teaching paraphrasing and summarizing, including 5 texts, an assessment, and a rubric. (I just couldn't stop adding materials!)

Summarizing Podcast
From Choice Literacy

Summarizing Stories
This pack includes a variety of activities to help your students become better at summarizing, including a look at collapsing lists of events, summarizing dialogue, and selecting the best summary of a story.

Writing a Nonfiction Summary Powerpoint (free)


  1. Emily, I plan on using your Summarizing Stories (purchased thru TpT) in a lesson, I cannot access the powerpoint you have mentioned here on butterflies...please tell me how I can access it, when I click on the butterfly pic, I get..the butterfly pic nd nothing more. Thank you for you time.

  2. OK, after CAREFUL examination I see the error of my otherwords I figured out how to access the powerpoint......rather an enlightening moment for me.

  3. I hope that you found what you needed...I still can't remember how to turn the pictures into links reliably! :) My students have that problem all the time when I add pictures to my classroom blog.