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Chapter Summaries

Page history last edited by maureen lafleche 12 years, 4 months ago

 

 

Picture of the TKAM jacket covers taken by:  M. LaFleche - you can find it on Flickr as part of the Creative Commons photos

 

Introduction

Often we make adaptations to the curriculum.  These chapter summaries and analysis are an example of this.  Not all students will be able to read the full novel.  In the event that you have students in your class that cannot read the full novel the chapter summaries are a great way to include them in your class activities. 

If you have access to the commercial software titles, Kurzweil or RWG then these chapter summaries could be converted from text-to-speech.  This would enable your students to have text read aloud for them. If the commercial titles are unavailable try using any of the free text-to-speech add-ons that are mentioned in the assistive technology section in this wiki.

 

Chapter Summaries

Below are several links to free online chapter summaries for the novel TKAM.

  1. Check out the chapter summaries for 'To Kill A Mockingbird' from WikiSummaries.  Presently there are 296 summaries. The community is open to everyone. The goal of 'WikiSummaries and its contributers is to 'bring knowledge to the world, for free'. They welcome new contributors...check out the website and browse for free or feel free to contribute.
  2. Browse Grade Saver - Free Online Study Guides .  They have nicely laid out the chapter summaries from the novel TKAM. 
  3. To Kill a Mockingbird, Book Notes, by Book Rags is a free study guide on To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.   Check out the summaries
  4. Check out SparkNotes for a summary of the novel TKAM.  The author(s) summarizes part one and part two as well as doing individual chapter summaries

 

Tools for Reducing the Amount of Text on a Page 

 

  1. AutoSummary Feature - Microsoft Word 2007 - this is just newly created as of May 2009

          If you have students that are still struggling with too many words on the page you can use the AutoSummary feature in Microsoft Word 2007. To learn              how to use the AutoSummary feature in Microsoft 2007 please open the document by clicking on the link - 

          Using the Autosummarize feature in Microsoft Word 2007.doc

 

     2.  AutoSummary Feature - Microsoft Word 2003

          If you have students that are still struggling with too many words on the page you can use the AutoSummary feature in Microsoft Word.  To access the           AutoSummary feature follow the steps below.   The AutoSummary screen shots were taken from Microsoft 2003 using MW Snap. 

 

Steps for Using AutoSummary in Word 2003

 1.  Copy the text to Microsoft Word.  

 2.  Once here start by opening the chapter summary file in Word - next open the tools tab - then select 'Auto Summary'

 

3.  The AutoSummarize window will appear and you will be given a choice of 4 summaries styles and you also have a choice   to reduce the amount of text e.g., reduce text from 100% to 25%.  Select the type of summary and percent of the original that you want.

4.  Click OK.

 

Snapshots of the autosummary where taken using MW Snap.  MW Snap is a freeware application that can be used for capturing images from any part of a window screen. Get your free download of MW Snap by clicking here MW Snap.   

 

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