Asking students to summarize their reading can take on many forms.  No longer is summarizing a matter of merely writing down thoughts on paper.  Below is a creative video students used to explain literary elements through an original rap song.The writing is creative and demonstrates students’ understanding of key concepts.

In the next example, a teacher uses interactive stations to help students complete literary analysis of their reading.  This is a hand on, experiential strategy which helps a teacher monitor comprehension while giving students multiple ways of expressing their own understanding.