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Support your students in becoming more confident and accomplished writers by focusing on strategies to help them master the skill of summarizing.

Evidence-Based Writing Strategies: Summarizing is one part of a four-part series on evidence-based writing strategies, many of which can be easily adapted for online and remote learning.


    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • ELA teachers, tutors, and volunteers

In Summarizing Strategies, learn several techniques to help students master the challenging skill of writing a summary, including 3-2-1 Summary, $2 Summary, Newspaper Headlines, and Six-word Memoirs.

There are three components:

  1. A live session that includes an exploration of the strategies, a brief discussion of the relevant research, and its implications for teaching (2 PD hours)
  2. Applied practice
  3. After two weeks, a follow-up live session to debrief and reflect on the strategies tried in those two weeks (1 PD hour)

Complete all three components to receive PD hours.

Introductory session: Wed. Jan. 13, 1-3 pm
Reflection session: Wed. Jan. 27, 1-2 pm

Please note: This course cannot be accessed from the SABES website. You will receive a separate email from Joanne Harrington at Quinsigamond Community College with instructions on how to access the course.

    Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:

  • Complete specific writing strategies, with the goal of being able to model and teach them to others
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s)

While there are no prerequisites, you will benefit from participating in the earlier sessions in this series, Writing Fluency Strategies, Pre-writing & Organizing Strategies, and Integrating Reading & Writing.

PDPs are available upon request and with completion of all four sessions and a final project, to be determined by the participant, course facilitator, and PD Center Director.


Online (Blackboard)
United States

PD Center
SABES English Language Arts Curriculum & Instruction PD Center
Topic Area
ABE/Adult Education
Corrections Education
Distance Learning