At the end of a novel-centered unit, a teacher asks students to use the ABC Summary to summarize a text. The teacher tells students that they do not have to fill out a statement for every letter of the alphabet. Instead, students are asked to choose and dedicate letters to create statements that represent ideas about characters, the setting, themes, conflicts, resolutions, and character changes. The teacher allows the task to be open-ended (e.g., some students write a minimum of 6 statements, others fill the alphabet). After, students compare and contrast their ABC Summaries with a partner to grow insights.
Sample Student Response: “S is for Scout. She is the protagonist and narrator who is confused by the racism in Maycomb and by the way some people in town react when her father works hard to defend Tom Robinson.”