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This short slide show discusses summarizing a poem, and uses E.E. Cummings' poem "Milly and Maggie and Molly and May." It shows students and example of how to use a linear string chart to do the …

This short slide show discusses summarizing a poem, and uses E.E. Cummings' poem "Milly and Maggie and Molly and May." It shows students and example of how to use a linear string chart to do the summary.

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  • 1. Summarizing A Poem
  • 2. When we summarize a poem—or any other text for that matter—we rewrite it in our own words, reducing it to its key points, its most important information.
  • 3. A graphic organizer such as a linear string chart is one way to help you summarize a poem.
  • 4. We will now see an example of a linear string chart summary of E.E. Cummings poem, “10” (Maggie and Milly and Molly and May).
  • 5. First, the four girls go to the beach to play.
    Maggie finds a seashell, and she listens to the sound it makes.
    Milly finds and helps a starfish.
    A crab chases Molly, and frightens her
    May finds a smooth stone and takes it home.
    Finally, the speaker concludes by making a profound statement: that going to the sea is a way to get in touch with who we really are.
  • 6. Now that you have read the poem and seen a summary done using a linear string chart, choose a poem, and try it yourself.