I really need help in understand what I read. Everyday we have to summarize a chapter in a book. Well I do read the chapter but I always find myself writing 2 sentences out of the chapter for my summary. My grades are not good in reading and I want to know if you can help bring up my grade by breaking down for me on how to write a summary correctly. I am in the 5th grade. Please if you know any sites that can really break it down for me,let me know! thank you

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asked by Nehemiah
  1. Someone will help you soon, so check back. But this is a critical problem, and your school has reading specialists, I am certain. I suggest an urgent meeting between your parents and the principal immediately. The principal has the means to get the appropriate attenion on this.

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  2. my parents have work with the school, it just that i wish it wasn't so boring, i lose interest fast

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    posted by Nehemiah
  3. are you talking about a textbook or like a novel or something???
    cuz if its about a novel or story you can always go to spark notes

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    posted by y912f
  4. yes i have to read a book called holes, i watch ed the movie, but i need to summarize what i read, sometimes i read but its hard to view what im reading in my head

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    posted by Nehemiah
  5. Use your fingers to follow along with the words your reading I know this sounds silly, but it keeps you focused on what your reading, and you stay there instead of thinking of something else.

    Also after you read a paragraph or a page, take out a notecard and write down in one sentence what the important thing was about that paragraph/page. Within 30 pages of reading you have 30 sentences and you have summarized those 30 pages.

    Hope this helps!

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    posted by Colleen
  6. All I can say is to just take your time, ask the teachers for help don't be shy. I'm in 8th grade and I have the same problem like you. You're not the only one. Read through it again, I know its frustrating and annoying, but the teachers are there for you. Don't be shy to ask(: they are there for a reason.

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    posted by NaniMolinar
  7. Write a one-sentence introductory phrase that covers major terminology and vocabulary words from the chapter. For example, an introductory sentence for a summary on Caesar's reign in ancient Rome might be, "Julius Caesar was one of the most notable emperors of Rome, whose battles and conquests helped change Rome from a republic into an empire," according to website. This sentence contains the subject (Rome), sub-ideas (Julius Caesar) and vocabulary terms (republic and empire).

    Continue down your list of notes or through your pages of marked items and include them in your paragraph. Remember to link each sentence to the topic or first sentence. If the item you include in a summary paragraph about Julius Caesar in ancient Rome has nothing to do with either Caesar or building the Roman Empire, then remove it.

    Conclude your summary with a sentence or two that communicates the overarching importance of your topic. Address why someone should be interested in Rome and Julius Caesar's reign as emperor. For example, "Julius Caesar's reign has ended, but his influence continues to be felt in many ways, such as through the word 'July.'

    The Roman Empire and arguably the modern Western world owes many of its achievements to Julius Caesar," according to website. Mention key vocabulary terms and memorable words or phrases from the chapter you've studied.

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