The Last Word summarizer is actually an acronym. Students begin by brainstorming all the main ideas of a topic. Then they put them into phrases for each letter of the topic.
M Most frequently occurring number in a set of data
O Often there is more than one in large sets of numbers
D Data doesn't always have a mode
E Easy to determine; simply count how often the numbers occur
P Protagonist is the lead character.
L Lesser important adversaries may create secondary conflicts.
A Antagonist actively opposes the protagonist.
Y Yearn to express emotions and ideas appropriate to particular characters
S Structure of a play is broken into 5 parts.
T Turning point is also referred to as the climax.
R Rising action is complicated by secondary conflicts.
U Understanding the historical and cultural influences on a play.
C Climax occurs in the third act.
T Tragedies end with a castastrophe.
U Understand the relationship of script to performance.
R Resolution is the moment of reversal after the climax.
E Exposition provides the background information.
I have found with younger students it is best to do this as a whole class activity. At the other end of the spectrum, for older students I have found that this summarizer works best when students work with a partner or in small groups.
I hope you will experiment with this summarizer and let us know how it goes.
Please share this link with colleagues and friends.
Also, consider becoming a "Follower".