Summarizing a Poem

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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 summary.

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Summarizing a Poem

  1. 1. Summarizing A Poem<br />
  2. 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.<br />
  3. 3. A graphic organizer such as a linear string chart is one way to help you summarize a poem.<br />
  4. 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).<br />
  5. 5. First, the four girls go to the beach to play.<br />Maggie finds a seashell, and she listens to the sound it makes.<br />Milly finds and helps a starfish.<br />A crab chases Molly, and frightens her<br />May finds a smooth stone and takes it home.<br />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.<br />
  6. 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.<br />

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