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Summary Writing for Informational Texts
Transcript of Summary Writing for Informational Texts
What you'll need to know ...
Read the article and name the topic.
Then, find the main idea.
If the article has a
, use it to help you identify the topic and the main idea.
Ex: “Saving Lives Through Gun Control”
STEPS TO WRITING A SUMMARY
Don’t confuse the topic with the main idea.
The topic answers the question:
"What is this article about?"
is a topic NOT a main idea.
The main idea answers the question
the author say about the topic?"
Ex: The author argues that
will reduce the number of senseless deaths in the United States.
(this is a main idea)
Write a topic sentence that includes the
Ex: “Saving Lives Through Gun Control,” by George Alexander, explores how controlling the availability of guns reduces the number of people killed through gun violence.
at least one
supporting detail from the original article and write a sentence about it.
Write at least
more sentence that expands on the supporting detail.
Begin with a phrase like
to say more about it.
Put your ideas in the same order as they are in the article.
This is a
include your personal opinion.
that connects back to the topic sentence and main idea.
TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE!
What is the
of this summary?
What is the
from the summary into your notes.
Is there a clear
Is there a clear
Viola Desmond was a pioneer in the civil rights movement in Canada. In 1946, she bought a ticket to see a movie at a theatre in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. She was told she had to sit in the balcony because she was African-Canadian. She refused and sat downstairs anyway. Eventually Viola Desmond was charged and convicted with tax evasion, but she didn’t give up her fight for equality. Because of these events she helped to end racial segregation in Canada.
Write a topic sentence that
Ex: “Saving Lives Through Gun Control,” by Simon Marcellin, explores how controlling the availability of guns reduces the number of people who are killed through gun violence.
*is a shortened, condensed version of articles, stories, songs, films, etc., to share the main ideas of the piece
*maintains the same tone as the original writer
you’ll usually find the main idea in the first and last sentences of each paragraph.
Do not use quotations in your summary.
You have to show your understanding by
putting important details in YOUR OWN WORDS!