Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Nonfiction Fun

I had mentioned yesterday that I was diving into a new summarizing strategy called 3-2-1. I'm really liking this method for focusing student thinking during reading! It goes right along with my tracking your thinking lessons. I have a little pic of a kinda sassy chart I whipped up today. The flash was a little defiant so this is the best I have. :(
I admit it is a little top heavy but I really like to add color to draw interest. We are focusing our school wide writing prompt towards a nonfiction summary. Any thoughts or suggestions on this girls?!?!

I'm having trouble wrapping my head around 3-2-1 as a summarizing tool. I see it more for focusing student thoughts during reading by giving them specific things to look for/think about during reading.  I'm still working out the kinks!!  :)


  1. This is great! I use a 3-2-1 sheet for science when there is a school wide science assembly. It works wonderfully with my students and they absolutely love using it to tell me everything they want to tell me. What a great idea to use it in reading as well!

    - Elizabeth

  2. I've used it with 3rd grade all the way up to 8th. I've even modified it and used it for fiction as well. In fact, 3-2-1 guide is one of my freebies on TpT!


    Glad to know others use it and love it as well!

    Laurah Jurca

    The ESOL Odyssey

  3. I like this - thanks for sharing. I teach in Ontario, Canada and as a province our students' writing lacks a solid beginning and connected ending. I might add to this: exciting beginning, 3-2-1 and then satisfying ending - this is the language my students are familiar with in their other writing forms. Thanks again!

  4. Love this post..I also use this strategy and it works wonders..I gave you a bloggy shout out..stop on over and check it out!



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