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Executive Summary_Argumentative


If you had two minutes to tell someone about your topic and your main idea, what would you say?
Create a document that prepares you to present the essential points of your work to a larger audience.


Time To Complete 

2 Hours

Common Core Standards 

  • CCRA.W.6

I Can Statements 

  • I can
    • summarize a text accurately and objectively, including the necessary key elements and proper sequencing to allow someone else to understand the text i have summarized.
    • take a general concept or principle and provide examples of it, or take an example of something and identify its general concept or principle.  
  • I will know my summary is of high quality when it:
    • is accurate
    • is objective
    • includes all key details and excludes extraneous information
    • is properly sequenced

Suggestions for Assessing Student Readiness to Move Forward:

  • Confer with students, asking them to compare their summary to the source text and explain how they developed their summary.
  • Ask students to self-evaluate their work after completing the activities below.  


Possible Activities 
  1. Have student partners read copies of each others’ final paper. Ask them to highlight what is the most interesting and essential information. When they return the papers to their author they can discuss why they think items should be included or left out.

    • Have students code their own and each others’ papers using the same codes that were used in the formative assessment on “Exploring the Genre of Persuasive Writing”:
      •  IP=Introduction of the position
      • MP=Main point re: the position
      • SE=supporting evidence for the position
      • T=Transition sentences
      • PL=Examples of persuasive language
      • CP=Conclusion about the position
  2. Then have the author use the codes to create a bulleted list of main points.


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