Each Flipped Learning Module (FLM) is a set of short videos and online activities that can be used (in whole or in part) to free up class time from content delivery for greater student interaction. At the end of the module, students are asked to fill out a brief survey, in which we adopt the minute paper strategy. In this approach, students are asked to submit their response to two brief questions regarding their knowledge of the module.
In this FLM, students are asked to complete a fill-in-the-blank outline which accompanies all three videos, covering the topics of summarizing steps, identifying key concepts and main ideas and verb tense in summaries. The completed outline will enhance the students’ note-taking skills and will serve as a summary of the FLM that they may refer to in the future.
main point, key concept, annotating, comprehensiveness, concision, objectivity, analyzing, verb tense
- Summarizing Academic Texts
- Overview: Summarizing in Different Contexts
- Initial Steps of Summarizing: Where and How to Begin
- Identification of the Main Points and Key Concepts
Examples of Identifying Main ideas and Key Concepts for Summarizing Summarizing Guidelines
Worksheet: Summarizing Outline
- Name two initial steps of summarizing:
- (Step 1) _________________________
- (Step 2) _________________________
- In order to write a good summary, you need to: _________________________
- Name five of the summarizing guidelines, and briefly explain each one:
- (Guideline 1) ___________________________________________________
- (Guideline 2) ___________________________________________________
- (Guideline 3) ___________________________________________________
- (Guideline 4) ___________________________________________________
- (Guideline 5) ___________________________________________________
- The main difference between summarizing and analysis is: _______________________
- The most common verb tense for writing a summary is: __________________________
Video 1: Summarizing Academic Texts
Video 2: Examples of Identifying Main ideas & Key Concepts for Summarizing
Summarizing Online Activity 1
- Closely read an article assigned to you by your instructor.
- Determine the article’s purpose and make marginal notes of the points that the author emphasizes.
- Follow the initial steps of summarizing a text we reviewed, and submit a comprehensive summary in two or three sentences.
Video 3: Summarizing Guidelines
- What was the one most important thing you learned from this module?
- Do you have any unanswered questions for me?
Summarizing In-Class Activity: Option 1
First Step: Individual work: Read the article/reading assigned by your instructor in class. Make sure you annotate and take marginal notes as you are reading.
Second Step: Group Work: Discussion: In your assigned teams, discuss the article, its main ideas and key concepts you came across. More specifically, discuss the marginal notes you took as you read the article.
Third Step: Individual Work: List of Notes: Take out a piece of paper, and compile a list of the main points in complete sentences. Each team member should contribute 1-2 main points.
Fourth Step:Group Work:Discussion and Establishing the Thesis: With your team, review the key points the team members have come up with and based on those key points, collaborate and write the thesis/main idea of the essay in one sentence.
Fifth Step: Group Work: Summary: Write a clear, coherent and unified summary of the author’s ideas, expressed in your team’s own voice and words.
Sixth Step: Peer Review: Use the summarizing checklist below to review each team’s summary.
Summarizing In-Class Activity: Option 2
- Dunn begins his work with a view into the lives and motivations of the very first settlers.
Through this anecdote, Richter illustrates common misconceptions about native religion and shows why missionary attempts were less than successful.
- Evelyn then rips into the carefully wrapped package and finds the greatest gift she has ever received. Her eyes fill with tears as she gazes at the jewel, but Philip does not know that these tears are the results of more than surprised joy. Evelyn is suffering from guilt as she compares this present to the shoddy gift that she bought* for her beau.
- In 1994, Steven Pinker published The Language Instinct.
- Henry Fielding wrote in the eighteenth century. Picasso produced a series of sculptures.
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Clouse, Barbara Fine. Progressions with Readings: Paragraph to Essay. Longman, 2010.
Kirszner, Laurie G., and Stephen R. Mandell. Patterns for College Writing: a Rhetorical Reader
and Guide. Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2018.
The Norton Sampler: Short Essays for Composition, 9th ed., edited by Thomas Cooley, W.W. Norton & Company, 2018.
Spatt, Brenda. Writing from Sources, 9th ed. Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2016.