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Writing Strategy
Activity: Lyric Summaries
Purpose: Provide an alternative comprehension strategy for summarizing an article
of topic that was read about.
Audience: This can be used at any grade level! Great tool for elementary when
learning new colors or topics. This could be great for an alternative method to
memorizing and summarizing at secondary levels.
Text: Any
1. Pick a text or topic to study and summarize. Be sure to reiterate what
summarizing means! Remembering key points, important details, and
2. Introduce the musical aspect by explaining that a summary can be written as
a song or rhyme that follows a style of music or familiar tunes like radio songs
or childrens rhymes.
3. Choose a melody that is familiar to students and use it as a template for
writing a summary together as a class. Write the first line and ask for input
to complete the next lines of the songs. Sing it as a class.
4. Have students form groups to write their own summary about a text of topic
they have recently studied and create their own lyric summary based on a
melody of their choosing.
5. Have students share and sing their summaries to the class.
Adaptations: This is a easy and fun strategy that can be scaffold in many ways.
You could provide a melody for all the students to use the same template. As a
group you could identify main points and write them on the board as a word bank.
Strengths/Weakness: It can be used at any level! A weakness could be that a
student may not know a song or be unwilling to participate.

Katherine Maxwell
RDG 3280: Teaching Content Literacy

The Color Wheel

A color circle, based on red, yellow and blue, is traditional in the field of art. Sir Isaac
Newton developed the first circular diagram of colors in 1666. Since then, scientists and
artists have studied and designed numerous variations of this concept. Differences of
opinion about the validity of one format over another continue to provoke debate. In reality,
any color circle or color wheel which presents a logically arranged sequence of pure hues
has merit.

There are also definitions (or categories) of colors based on the color wheel. We begin with
a 3-part color wheel.

Primary Colors: Red, yellow and blue

In traditional color theory (used in paint and pigments), primary colors are the 3 pigment
colors that cannot be mixed or formed by any combination of other colors. All other colors
are derived from these 3 hues.

Secondary Colors: Green, orange and purple

These are the colors formed by mixing the primary colors.

Tertiary Colors: Yellow-orange, red-orange, red-purple, blue-purple, blue-green & yellowgreen

These are the colors formed by mixing a primary and a secondary color. That's why the hue
is a two word name, such as blue-green, red-violet, and yellow-orange.