Lesson Planning of Summarizing Text


Lesson Planning of Summarizing Text in English Language

Grade V

Students` Learning Outcomes

  • Use summary skills: as;  
  1. Follow a process or procedure to provide the missing information in the gapped summary.

Information for Teachers

  • A summary or recap is a shorter version of the original text.
  • Summary highlights the main points from the much longer subject.
  • Summary skills require that the reader reads the entire text to first identify.
  • A standard length of a summary is one third (1/3) of the original text i.e. if the original text consists of ninety words the summary will be of thirty words.
  • Then by using his/her own words, the reader writes the summary including all the key points.

Material / Resources

Writing board, chalk/marker, duster, dictionary


  • Ask the students how they feel if a friend or an aunty tells a long story of what happened in their lives? Do you feel bored when that happened?
  • Tell the students that we don`t need or want to hear the full details of things at all times. Just like the aunt can bore us with too much information; texts can be too long to read too. That is why we write summaries, so that people who don`t have the time to read something in full can read the key points in the summary.
  • Tell the students that they used the technique of marking the important or key points in the text to develop the summary of it.


Activity 1

  • Ask the students to read the given story.
  • Tell the students to underline the difficult words and find them in the dictionaries.
  • Ask the students what is the story about?
  • What they like most in story?

Sample Text

A frog was in his garden. A rabbit came there to see him. “What a fine garden have, Frog!” he said, “yes”,  said the frog, “it is very nice, but it was hard work,” “I wish i had a garden,” said the rabbit. “Here are some flower seeds. plant them in the ground,” said the frog,” and soon you will too have a garden.”

“How soon?” asked the rabbit.

“Quite soon,” said the frog.

the rabbit ran home. he planted the flower seeds.

“Now seeds, start growing! said the rabbit. the rabbit walked up nd down a few times. the seeds did`t start to grow. the rabbit put his head close to the ground and said loudly, “Start growing,”

the frog came running up the path. “What is all this noise?” he asked. “My seeds will not grow,” said the rabbit.

“You are shouting too much,” said the frog, “these poor seeds are afraid to grow,” “My seeds are afraid to grow?” asked the rabbit. “Of course!” said the frog, “leave them alone for a few days. let the sun shine on them, and water them daily. soon your seeds will start growing,” the rabbit said, ” will tell the seeds a story. then they will not be afraid.”

the rabbit told a long story to his seeds. all the next day, the rabbit recited poems to his seeds, for many days he continued this practice.

one day the rabbit looked at the ground. the seeds still did`t start to grow.”What should I do?”

cried the rabbit. then the rabbit felt very tired and fell asleep. 

“Rabbit, Rabbit, wake up,” aid the frog.

“Look at your garden!”

the rabbit looked at his garden. it was full of beautiful flowers. “At last, my seeds have started growing and now i have colorful flowers in my garden,” said the rabbit. “And now you have a nice garden too,” said the frog. “yes, but you were right, frog. it was hard work,” said the rabbit.

“hard work is the key to success.”


  •  Monitor and help the students while reading and finding the meaning of difficult words.
  • Once they are done, ask the students to work in small groups of 4-6 and draw a picture or set of pictures of the story to make others understand what is the story about in a pictorial form.
  • When they are done with drawing, ask them to display it on the writing board and ask the students to go to the board in groups and watch their peer`s drawing.

Activity 2

  • Develop a gapped summary of a paragraph and ask the students to fill the gapped summary
  • Monitor and help the students. 

Sum up /Conclusion 

  • Conclude the lesson telling of the class the importance of mind map and summary.
  • Tell the students that it is really important for them to make the summary of each text they read, at home. it will help them revising the text again. 


  • Once the students will be done with the gap filling activity, ask them to tell the answers.
  • If a student gives wrong answer; ask another student to come up with a correct answer.

follow up

  • Ask the students to draw  a process of growing a plant. 


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