Common Core Reading Standard #2 references students’ abilities to summarize a text’s main ideas and details. However, evidence of this standard doesn’t have to be revealed in a traditional after-reading summary. Teach students to craft Found Poems.

A Found Poem is created when students comb through the text a second time and locate words and phrases that sum up the story. Determining important from unimportant information, students select which words and phrases best tell the tale. Check out these examples.

Found Poems provide a creative way to assess comprehension and summarization. This same strategy can be applied to informational text. Students decide which words best capture the main idea of the original passage.

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