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Reading Apprenticeship and RATs: 25-Word Summary

This guide is to support RTC's RATs (Reading Apprenticeship Teachers and supporters) in improving student reading comprehension in content-areas with the use of WestEd's Reading Apprenticeship framework. is now being redirected to this site.

25-Word Summary Routine - Definition and Use

Creating a 25-word summary involves describing the main idea of a text or paragraph. The summary distills the text down to just the most critical or essential points.  The reader needs to be able to interpret or understand the text in order to summarize it in their own words. Summarizing is a skill that must be practiced.

  RTC Library Materials

Below are some materials about summarizing from the RTC Library. Click on the item title for more info about the item from the RTC Library online catalog.

RAT Tracks Tip Sheet - 25 Word Summary

Ready-to-Use Templates - 25 Word Summary

Websites about 25-Word Summary