Why is it important to know how to write a summary?
– The process of summary writing allows you to synthesize and reflect upon what you’ve read; this improves your reading skills as you pick out the main points of a text.
– Summarizing requires you to use your own words and expand your vocabulary as you rephrase what you’ve read.
– Summary writing requires critical thinking skills as you decide what to include and what to leave out (a.k.a what is important?).
– Writing a summary requires that you use your writing skills (obviously) and your editing skills; before you turn in your final draft, you will need to re-read your summary to make sure it’s not too lengthy or including unnecessary details.
When do we use summaries?
– Writing a summary regarding what you know about a topic before you write a paper about it can be very helpful. You may need to summarize what you are reading/have read in order to understand the text and organize your thoughts.
– We use summaries to understand the main points in a book/article/film, etc..
What’s a good example of a summary?
The Great Gatsby is the story of a mysterious millionaire, Jay Gatsby, who lives alone on an island in New York. F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote the book, but the narrator is Nick Carraway. Nick is Gatsby’s neighbor, and he chronicles the story of Gatsby and his circle of friends, beginning with his introduction to the strange man and ending with Gatsby’s tragic death.
*summaries can be longer depending on the length of the text read.
– Do not rewrite the original piece
– Keep your summary short
– Use your own wording
– Refer to the central/main ideas of the text
– Read (and write) with who, what, where, when, how, and why in mind.
– Do not include your opinion in the summary
Write a summary! It can be about your favorite novel, movie, or a summary of an interesting article you’ve read. If you can’t think of what you’d like to summarize then summarize what you read here (about a fictional tree octopus).