ESL151-WRITING EFFECTIVE SUMMARIES

ESL151-WRITING EFFECTIVE SUMMARIES - WRITING EFFECTIVE...

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WRITING EFFECTIVE SUMMARIES What is a summary? A summary is a brief report of another writer’s work written in your own words. Summaries can be as short as one sentence or as long as several pages depending on the length and content of the original source. In order to write an effective summary, it’s necessary to have a clear idea of what the main ideas in the text are. In order to do this, you must distinguish what is essential from what is not. In your summary, include only the main points. How do I write a summary? Step 1 : Read the text carefully to understand the main idea. Step 2 : Read the text again and underline/highlight the main ideas only – not supporting details. Step 3 : Number the main ideas sequentially - or write a brief outline. Step 4 : Make notes to yourself in the margins. Step 5 : Once you feel that you understand the author’s main points well enough to explain them in your own words, you can begin to write your summary. Step 6
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This note was uploaded on 09/26/2009 for the course ESL 151 taught by Professor Carr,k during the Spring '09 term at Glendale Community College.

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