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I’ve Got It Covered! Creating Magazine Covers to Summarize Texts
|Grades||6 – 8|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Five 40-minute sessions|
Ridley Park, Pennsylvania
Students can improve their comprehension of content area textbooks by summarizing chapters in the form of magazine covers. The lesson begins by asking students to examine a magazine and discuss the ways in which the magazine cover's headlines and graphics express the main ideas of its articles. They then review a chapter in a content area textbook and use an interactive tool to create a magazine cover that summarizes the textbook information. This process enables students to form connections and create visual representations to share information. Although the focus is on informational texts, this assignment could potentially be expanded to include other types of text as well.
ReadWriteThink Printing Press: This interactive tool helps students customize and publish a variety of different types of print media.
CD/DVD Cover Creator: This interactive tool allows students to easily create customized CD and DVD covers.
Assaf, L., & Garza, R. (2007). Making magazine covers that visually count: Learning to summarize with technology. The Reading Teacher, 60(7), 678–680.
- Comprehension can be enhanced when readers actively relate the ideas presented in print to their own knowledge and experiences and craft visual representations to make meaning.
- Summaries become a record of thoughts that help readers remember what they have read, connect important ideas, ask questions, and make predictions.
- Summarizing an informational text in the form of a magazine cover can help students determine important author-based ideas, capture the theme of a text, and summarize effectively.