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Google Docs for Summarizing

posted Mar 2, 2015, 8:22 AM by Jenna Cooper   [ updated Mar 3, 2015, 10:52 AM ]

My name is Amber Hassett and I teach 5th grade at Pleasant Grove Elementary School.

After reading books based on individual Lexile levels, my students created a summary based on the anchor chart below.

summarizing anchor chart.JPG

After the students finished their summaries, I then asked them to share their Google Doc with a certain buddy they are paired up with in the classroom.  (To do this, they just clicked the blue Share button in the top right corner of their document, typed their buddy’s email address, and made sure to give him/her editing or commenting rights.)  That buddy then found the document in the “Incoming” section of his/her Google Drive, found and highlighted the areas from the anchor chart such as the "somebody", "wanted", etc. that was written in the summary, then added comments alongside the document (see below).


My students loved doing this activity!  When I had some students who had not completed the task, they asked if they could finish it.  Before my students had Chromebooks, they just wrote their summaries on paper and turned them in. They didn’t have the peer interactions like they did with Google Docs.