Tabletop Twitter: The teacher chooses a passage from a book for students to respond to. Student write their own response and then move around to respond to what another student said. Since this is a Twitter-inspired activity there is no talking and short responses.
This freebie is meant to help readers distinguish between retelling and summarizing fiction text. Why is that important? Retelling is great for sequencing skills and retaining information, however it requires a relatively low cognitive load. Summarizing, on the other hand, challenges readers to focus on the big picture, paraphrase the author's words, and determine which events are the most important to the overall theme of the book.
Summarizing (Non-Fiction) Board Game contains 30 game cards and a game board to help students practice summarizing informational text. Each card contains a short non-fiction paragraph followed by the question, "Which of the following best summarizes the passage?". Students have to select the correct answer from four possible choices.