2ENC 1102, Freshman Composition II Writing an Effective Summary
3As you collect sources for your research essay, you will need to summarize the research that you find.
4A summary is a significant reduction of the original source.
5To write an effective summary, follow these guidelines: Determine the main idea of the piece you have read or viewed.Write one sentence that captures that main idea.As you read or view, note the major areas of evidence that the piece provides.Then write one sentence that communicates the gist of each of these major areas.
12Do not open the summary with “In this article, it says Do not open the summary with “In this article, it says ...” or “This video is about …”Stinks!
13Specific name of piece + strong action verb + main idea. Use this formula:Specific name of piece + strong action verb + main idea.The 60 Minutes story “Thrift Shop Masterpiece” explains the controversy surrounding a possible Jackson Pollack painting.
16Tweet #4/Summary Warm-up Is the art world taking advantage of Teri Horton, or is she being stubborn and unreasonable about the Jackson Pollack painting?Using the hashtag #TeriHorton, express your opinion.Your tweet should have two parts: The summary of your attitude about Teri Horton and her decision and why you think that way.
17First Summary Directions Watch the 60 Minutes video “Thrift Shop Masterpiece.”Determine the main idea.Decide the areas of evidence.Write a summary of the video in 8 – 10 sentences.Be sure to follow the format guidelines on your syllabus!This summary is due by the end of class.
18Second Summary Directions Read the New York Times article “Shocking Truth about Piranhas Revealed!”Determine the main idea.Decide the areas of evidence.Write a summary of the article in 8 – 10 sentences.This summary is homework. It is due at our next class meeting.
19For Thursday, check out and bring to class two books for your topic.