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Writing Summaries

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Katherine Budris

on 7 July 2016

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Transcript of Writing Summaries

Writing Summaries
The Opening Sentence
Let the reader know
what you are summarizing!
1. Title of the work
2. Author's full name and who they are, if known and relevant
3. Genre of the work (essay, article, poem, novel, etc.)
4. Gist of the work (main idea in a nutshell)
Elements of A
Good Summary
1. Concentrate on the main ideas and include details only infrequently.
2. Change the original wording without changing the ideas.
Elements of A
Good Summary
3. Do not evaluate the content or give an opinion in any way.

4. Do not add ideas.

5. Do not include any personal comments (do not use “I”)

Elements of a
Good Summary
Elements of a
Good Summary
writing a summary forces you to take a closer look at the reading and ensure understanding. This also prepares you to react to, analyze, or use the reading in an essay.
Why Summarize?
As a Reader:
As a Writer:
Why Summarize?
sometimes, a brief summary of a reading is necessary to include within an essay to establish context for your reader. The length of this summary can vary from a couple sentences to a whole paragraph depending on how heavily your essay is focusing on a particular reading.
6. Avoid using quotations. If you DO use any specific words, phrases, or sentences taken from the original, be sure to put quotes around those words.
7. Use author tags throughout (says York, according to York, the author explains, etc.) to remind the reader you are summarizing the material of another writer.
8. End with a concluding sentence wrapping up the author’s conclusion or final thought.
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