Increasing adolescent readers ability to summarize expository text with specific feedback





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Adolescent readers are expected to read a variety of expository texts and to be able to effectively summarize what they have read. These skills include note-taking, essay writing, gathering information for research papers and preparing presentations. Unfortunately students seem to be lacking in their ability to accomplish these tasks. The focus of this action research was: How can specific feedback strategies increase middle school readers' success in summarizing expository text? It is essential for teachers to incorporate specific feedback into the classroom. Teachers need to help students to ask the following questions: Where am I going? Where am I now? How can I begin to address the gap? By providing students with the tools they need to summarize and offering them specific feedback, we will see an increase in our students' ability to summarize.

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