Summarize this, summarize that!

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We have just spent a good deal of time learning how to summarize a text concisely. Now is the time to show your stuff. 

Please summarize, either and Angel for Solomon Singer or Nobody Knows the Difference, in the reply box.

Remember our success criteria: 

1. State the title, author, and main idea

2. Include only important details (5w’s)

3. Use own words

4. Chronological or logical order

5. Transition words

6. Brief and concise

65 thoughts on “Summarize this, summarize that!

    Kraft Dinner said:
    February 7, 2013 at 11:00 am

    In the text Nobody Knows the Difference it is basically about always being honest. In the beginning there is a lady complaining about paying for tickets to see her own kids but ends up paying anyways. Later, a boy comes and explains he was there last night but didn’t pay and wants to now. Then the cashier says “nobody knows the difference” but the kid replies “I know the difference” and pays. After the women comes back and gives the seller the change because she learned a lesson about honesty from the kid.

    Thomas said:
    February 7, 2013 at 11:01 am

    In the text, Nobody Knows the Difference is about being honest. In the beginning, a kid sells tickets for a school recital. Then a lady is complaining that she has to pay but she pays anyway. After, a boy shows up explaining that he already went to the show without paying. He puts down some money but the kid at the stand says “nobody knows the difference” and the boy says “I know the difference”. Finally, the lady comes back and gives the kid some dollars because she thinks that the costumes weren’t cheap, the scenery was beautiful, and that she learned a lesson about honesty.

      Kraft Dinner said:
      February 7, 2013 at 11:04 am

      Good transition words, very short and in order so that is really good. Nice Job!

      trisha said:
      February 7, 2013 at 11:19 am

      good transition words.

    Andrew said:
    February 7, 2013 at 11:02 am

    In the text Nobody Knows The Difference, is basically about respect other people and they will respect you back. In the beginning of the text a boy is selling tickets for his school recital. Secondly, a woman comes up to buy some tickets and is mad because her son is in it and she still has to pay. Next, a boy comes and gives the boy at the table money for him and his brother the other night but the boy at the ticket table refuses but the other boy just smiled and left. Lastly the woman comes back to give the boy the change that she got because he was trying to be respectful.

      Thomas said:
      February 7, 2013 at 11:06 am

      Good transition words, short. Great job!

      Shaynah said:
      February 7, 2013 at 11:13 am

      That’s a pretty good summary Andrew!

    donte said:
    February 7, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Nobody Knows the Difference, is about to all ways be honest. In the beginning, a kid is selling school recital tickets. Then, a woman complains that she has to pay for to see her son perform. Next, a boy pays for tickets for him and his brother that they didn’t get to pay for the night before. Finally, the woman comes back feeling guilty, that a boy was more honest then see was, so she gives him the change from the tickets.

      tristan said:
      February 7, 2013 at 11:07 am

      good transtion words

      Thomas said:
      February 7, 2013 at 11:09 am

      Nice job! I think you’re missing a big piece of information. The “nobody knows the difference” part

        Kraft Dinner said:
        February 7, 2013 at 11:12 am

        I agree that was the main part!

      Lewis said:
      February 7, 2013 at 11:11 am

      Good trasition words, “always” is one word, and you put “see” on the second last line.

    tristan said:
    February 7, 2013 at 11:05 am

    Nobody Knows the Difference is basically about right and wrong.

    In the beginning, the boy sells the mom tickets and she’s annoyed that she has to pay to see her son perform. Next the other boy comes to pay for the other night because he didn’t pay before. Finally the mom comes back to give the change because she feels guilty about complaining and the other boy did not complain. And he paid with his money.

      Kraft Dinner said:
      February 7, 2013 at 11:08 am

      Nice job on saying why the women gives the change. Good Job!

      Thomas said:
      February 7, 2013 at 11:10 am

      Nice job Tristan!

      donte said:
      February 7, 2013 at 11:10 am

      why is there a space in be the title and the rest of the summary

        Mr. Purdon responded:
        February 7, 2013 at 11:11 am

        in be what????

      Ethan :D said:
      February 7, 2013 at 11:10 am

      Ok but your saying the boy is right there in 1 second man.

    Kraft Dinner said:
    February 7, 2013 at 11:06 am

    “money for his brother the other night” is kinda confusing but otherwise great job on your summary!

    Lewis said:
    February 7, 2013 at 11:06 am

    The story Nobody Knows the Difference, is basically about to learn to do right thing. In the beginning, one evening a boy was selling tickets for the school recital, a woman came and complained that she had to pay to see her son perform. Next, a boy came to pay, but he didn’t want any tickets, he said “last night, there were nobody to buy tickets from so he and his brother just walked in.” Finally, the woman from before came and gave the cashier the change from her last pay. The woman gave the change back because she learned a lesson from the boy.

      kendra said:
      February 7, 2013 at 11:10 am

      good transition words

    kendra said:
    February 7, 2013 at 11:07 am

    An Angel For Soloman Singer By: Cynthia Rylant Is basically about never give up on your dream. Soloman singer is a guy who feels lonely, sad and lives in a hotel for men but doesn’t really live there. Soloman likes to wander around the city at night time. While he wanders, he finds the westway café and meets a guy named angel. And he starts to go there for the next year. After a while he starts to see the city differently. He starts to see it like his old home in Indiana. The westway café felt like his home

      tristan said:
      February 7, 2013 at 11:09 am

      were are the trastion words

        Mr. Purdon responded:
        February 7, 2013 at 11:10 am

        Where??? not were.

        donte said:
        February 7, 2013 at 11:15 am

        beween

        Mr. Purdon responded:
        February 7, 2013 at 11:16 am

        I’m not sure what you mean here Donte?

      Kraft Dinner said:
      February 7, 2013 at 11:10 am

      Wheres all your transition words Kendra?!?!?!?

      Shaynah said:
      February 7, 2013 at 11:11 am

      What city does Soloman Singer live in?

      Thomas said:
      February 7, 2013 at 11:12 am

      Where is he wandering?

      yolanda said:
      February 7, 2013 at 11:13 am

      How did the west way cafe fee like home?

        kendra said:
        February 7, 2013 at 11:18 am

        no forgot transition words

        Mr. Purdon responded:
        February 7, 2013 at 11:19 am

        I’m not sure what you mean Kendra. Try again please.

    willimnotok said:
    February 7, 2013 at 11:08 am

    In the text Nobody Know the Difference is about to always be honest. In the beginning theirs is kid selling tickets for school recital. One of the kid customer gets mad because she has to pay to see her child perform but paying is a volunteer pay then a little boy appears to pay because he didn’t pay last night the other kid, say Nobody Know the Difference and refuse to take money from little boy but then little boy say something that change everything he said I know the Difference little boy leaves. Cranky lady show up to pay more because the scenery and costume are beautiful because the lady felt bad because the little paid to watch the show he went to last night.

      kendra said:
      February 7, 2013 at 11:16 am

      there not their

    yolanda said:
    February 7, 2013 at 11:08 am

    An Angel for Solomon Singer

    An Angel for Solomon Singer, by Cynthia Rylant is basically about your dreams don’t always come true. In the beginning Solomon feels lonely because he lives in a hotel for men, so one night he wonders to the west and he finds the west way café and he orders a dream. Then all of a sudden one of his dreams came true when he went there .After he starts seeing New York differently like he was in Indiana again. He went there for a year then he felt like he was at home.

      Lewis said:
      February 7, 2013 at 11:16 am

      Wanders is spelled incorrectly

    Shaynah said:
    February 7, 2013 at 11:08 am

    The main idea for An angel for Solomon singer, by Cynthia Rylant, is believe in your dreams. Solomon Singer didn’t like his hotel. He had dreams that he thought would never come true. He couldn’t paint the walls, he couldn’t have a cat, and he couldn’t have a balcony. Every night, his dreams are what brought him to the streets of New York City. One night, he came across the West Way café. When he went inside, he ordered a balcony, but he didn’t say that out loud to the waiter. Night after night, Solomon went back to the West Way café. And eventually, he began to see New York a little happier. And then Solomon Singer began to feel happy. One of Solomon Singers dreams even came true. He snuck a cat in his hotel! 😛

    By: Shaynah

      Andrew said:
      February 7, 2013 at 11:17 am

      you didn’t put the title

      yolanda said:
      February 7, 2013 at 11:17 am

      what is so important about a cat, purple walls and a balcony

        Mr. Purdon responded:
        February 7, 2013 at 11:18 am

        Is this a question Yolanda???? If so, use a question mark.

      Ethan :D said:
      February 7, 2013 at 11:18 am

      Good ending Shaynah

      Andrew said:
      February 7, 2013 at 11:18 am

      but over all good job

        Mr. Purdon responded:
        February 7, 2013 at 11:20 am

        Andrew, capitals!!!!!!! Periods!!!!!!! 😦 😦

      Ethan :D said:
      February 7, 2013 at 11:19 am

      Angel need capital.

      donte said:
      February 7, 2013 at 11:20 am

      Wheres all your transition words?

    Ethan :D said:
    February 7, 2013 at 11:09 am

    An Angel For Soloman Singer, by Cynthia Rylant, In the beginning, Soloman Singer wanted his room customized in a New York hotel because it bothers him like he’s not at home. Soloman Singer wants different stuff in his hotel room and a pet. Soloman Singer walks in the street and found a cafe called West Way Café and he walked in because the sign said “Your dreams come true” and he would order a meal and a dream but he won’t say the dream. After awhile the waiter said his name and it was Angel who would serve Soloman. Then Soloman headed back to the hotel but he snuck the cat from the sidewalk. Lastly, Soloman was happy because one of his dreams came true, a pet.

    By
    Ethan

      Kraft Dinner said:
      February 7, 2013 at 11:13 am

      Main idea? Transitions? Less interesting details? anyone c’mon?

      tristan said:
      February 7, 2013 at 11:14 am

      great summery but you need transtion words

        Mr. Purdon responded:
        February 7, 2013 at 11:14 am

        Capitals!!!!! Periods!!!!

      Thomas said:
      February 7, 2013 at 11:20 am

      Main idea? Some non-important infomation in there

    trisha said:
    February 7, 2013 at 11:11 am

    An Angel for Solomon Singer, by Cynthia Rylnat is about to never give up on your dreams. In the begging of the book Solomon Singer lives in New York in a hotel for men and Solomon doesn’t like it there at all. Next, was lonely and he would wonder around the streets of New York at night. Then, one evening Solomon walk into West way café and he ordered a meal with one of his dreams in his head. Lastly, Solomon went to the west way café every evening for a year and ordered his dreams. Solomon Singer would go to the West way café because he felt like home and he saw the city in a new whole way.

      yolanda said:
      February 7, 2013 at 11:14 am

      you mean Beginning

      donte said:
      February 7, 2013 at 11:14 am

      beginning

      willimnotok said:
      February 7, 2013 at 11:14 am

      Do you mean Beginning

      Alexis said:
      February 7, 2013 at 11:15 am

      you put begging instead of beginnig

        Mr. Purdon responded:
        February 7, 2013 at 11:15 am

        Capitals!!! Periods!!!! 😦

      Kraft Dinner said:
      February 7, 2013 at 11:15 am

      “Next, was lonely” say waaaaaat?

        Shaynah :P said:
        February 7, 2013 at 11:20 am

        It’s what, not wat Adam.

      Ethan :D said:
      February 7, 2013 at 11:16 am

      3rd line “Next, was lonely and he would”.

        Mr. Purdon responded:
        February 7, 2013 at 11:17 am

        Should be, Next, he was lonely and…..?

    Alexis said:
    February 7, 2013 at 11:11 am

    An Angel for Solomon Singer, by Cynthia Rylant is basically about believing in your dreams and how sometimes they can come true. Solomon Singer lives in a hotel for men in New York City. He feels lonely and doesn’t like it there because he doesn’t have what he thinks makes a home comfortable. He likes to wander at night because his hotel doesn’t feel like home. One night while he was wandering the streets of New York he came across a little café called West way café. When he went into the café he sat down and ordered his food. Next, when he was finished ordering he ordered a dream with it, But in his head. Next, Solomon made a list of dreams and after every order he ordered a wish and once he finished the list he went over it again and again. Lastly, he started to see the city differently, and began to see the city as his home town in Indiana. Because the café feels like home to him.

      Shaynah :P said:
      February 7, 2013 at 11:17 am

      Nice summary Alexis! You could use some commas though!

    Ethan :D said:
    February 7, 2013 at 11:16 am

    You said it doesnt feel like home twice.

    Thomas said:
    February 7, 2013 at 11:18 am

    I think there are some non-important information in there. Otherwise, great summery!

    cookies a.k.a (Markus) said:
    February 7, 2013 at 11:27 am

    An Angle for Solomon Singer, by: Cynthia Rylant, is basicly about don’t stop dreaming. In the beginning Solomon can not have pets or paint his wall that is the reason why he wonders the streets of New York City. Then he finds a café called the west way café. Then after that he started to eat supper there everyday, and when ever he ordered supper and he also ordered a dream but, he didn’t say he’s dream out loud, but one day one of he’s dream’s came true he got a cat, and he was happy he had a friend.

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