I love using Common Lit articles, and that is mostly what my students do when I'm working in small groups. Last week, they read an article that gave background to the Holocaust.
I gave them a section out of that article and asked them to identify the main idea. Then I had them cross out any sentences that did not directly talk about the main idea.
I encountered this strategy in Developing Reading Comprehension, and I was impressed by what they were able to produce. They point out in the book that it's MUCH easier to delete things than to identify things that are "important."
Here's the section we used:
I sent them to their boards to create a group summary.
Then, I chose two boards to feature for consolidation. I chose one board that had some opinion words, and one board that included too many words or details. We were able to rewrite both examples as a class to improve them.
I forgot to take pictures, so there are no pictures this week.
Next week, we're repeating this with two sections of an article so I will either update this post, or add it to next week.