Presentation on theme: "SUMMARY WRITING A skill required for all students at all levels of education."— Presentation transcript:
SUMMARY WRITING A skill required for all students at all levels of education.
WHAT IS A SUMMARY? Taking a large quantity of information, understanding what it means and condensing it into a shorter version.
WHY SUMMARIZE? Shorter version allows for you to have an easy reference without having to memorize long passages or complex statistics For example, notes you take in class are a summary of the class
WHY IS THIS SO HARD? The Big Decision: What do you include and what do you leave out? Remember, when you are writing a summary, it is important that you keep the intent of the author as well. You will need to read the entire article or passage first prior to summarizing.
STRATEGY ONE Look for main ideas or topic sentences and key words used throughout the article Make sure to read the entire article and make sure you understand everything the article talks about. If you do not understand something, what can you do?
STRATEGY TWO Cross out information that is useless and underline or highlight the most important points (these could be just words or phrases) Here is where the KEY WORDS and MAIN IDEAS are important
STRATEGY THREE Write in YOUR OWN WORDS No opinions should appear in the summary Plagiarism is illegal and can get you kicked out of college! (In High School, you will earn a Zero.)
IMPORTANT INFORMATION Summary Length: ¼ of the original article, paper, or passage Approximately how long would a summary be for a three page article?