This is part of the free editing set from First Grade Wow. They keep it in their writing folders. It helps differentiate learning and gives each student focus. There are many other useful pages in the packet, too.
Summarization Strategy called "the incredible shrinking notes. Students start out writing a summary of a reading selection on the large index card. Then condense it onto the medium-sized card. Finally, students condense it further onto the small card.
Art of Storytelling especially for the grader. Great tips/ideas like using "story starters", writing book/journal, composition books and using art as inspiration! bought these Story Starters, haven't used them yet