Reading Strategy for Non-fiction Text Draw a box around the title and read it. Along the left side of the paper, trace the edge of the writing, going in and out with the paragraph indentions. Number each paragraph. Read the paragraphs, circling a FEW key words in each. At the end of each paragraph STOP and THINK about the information contained in that paragraph. After all the paragraphs have been read, use the circled key words from paragraph 1 to write a onesentence summary of that paragraph. Continue creating one-sentence summaries of the remaining paragraphs. The result will be a concise summary of the information contained in the complete selection. The teacher should MODEL this strategy several times before students are expected to do it on their own. Activity adapted from Ruby Payne's Framework for Understanding Poverty.