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Writing a summary

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Writing A Summary
Useful when you need to concentrate on JUST the main ideas and major details.
Summary = a condensed version of the original text IN YOUR OWN WORDS!

In Your Own Words
- Paraphrase. Do NOT copy from original.
In Standard Paragraph Form
- Use good writing techniques.
Brief
- Include ONLY main ideas & supporting details from a paragraph.
Complete
- Do NOT leave out main ideas or major details.
Objective
- NO OPINIONS! ONLY the author's information.
1. Read the entire original work first
2. Reread to clarify what you need to know and highlight key points - main ideas & supporting details
3. Write sentences containing main ideas & supporting details IN YOUR OWN WORDS, in the same order as the original
4. Revise your summary - Is it accurate? Anything missing?
5. Edit your summary.

A summary DOES NOT INCLUDE your opinion and is about 1/4 of the length of the original.
5 steps to writing an effective summary
Let's watch a short video
A survey is a widely used research method in which subjects respond to a series of items or questions in a questionnaire or an interview. Surveys are particularly suited to studying what cannot be observed directly, such as political attitudes, religious beliefs, or the private lives of couples. Like experiments, surveys can be used to investigate the relationship among variables. They are also useful for descriptive research, in which subject responses help a sociologist to describe a social setting, such as an urban neighborhood or gambling casino.
Write a summary about the following paragraph:
1. Scan text and take notes. Try to identify the author's tone and central/main idea
2. Outline the main ideas of each section. Organize items from most important to least important
3. Develop a thesis summarizing main points
4. Arrange information in a smoothly flowing way
5. Cite sources correctly, but don't use author's words - PARAPHRASE!
6. Edit summary
7. Enlist the help of a friend to read it.
What did we learn from the video?
A Summary MUST be:
Reader's Tip
The first sentence of your summary should include not only the main idea but also some basic information about the source.
1. The name of the author or of the group or institution responsible for the reading
2. The title of the reading or the article
3. The main idea

"According to [author's name], in the [type of publication], "[title of article,"] [complete main idea sentence in your own words].
"According to Paul M. Insel and his coauthors, in the article, "Wellness: The New Health Goal," wellness depends on the decisions each person makes about how to live."
Your turn to practice...
**Using your Project articles, and keeping in mind the first paragraph of your essay, create a short summary of each of the articles. Remember, summaries include ONLY the main idea/central idea and MAJOR supporting details.
Practice Reader's Tip: pg. 163
Glaciers, despite their barren, stationary appearance, support many kinds of life. Fish thrive in the rivers of ice melt that flow underneath. Ice worms tunnel through the surface and eat pollen that blows in from nearby forests. Flowers sometimes bloom in the dust that collects on the edges. Some of these ice flowers grow as high as four feet.
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