Week 5 - Summarizing Information

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Week 5 – Summarizing Information Unit 2 – Writing and Reading Critically
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Questions to consider… Besides academic and professional contexts, where else do you read or notice summaries? When do you use summaries in social settings outside UB? What would the world be like if the concept of summaries didn’t exist? When do you find summaries useful? What types of summaries are popular in your major?
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What is a summary? (LBH, pgs. 140-142) A written or spoken report where you restate the main ideas or points of something in your own words. Summaries are typically approximately one-fifth the length of the original source. So, if you’re summarizing a five-page short story, your summary should be approximately one page.
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Summaries Summaries do not include your opinions about the material. Remember, you’re writing an objective summary of the facts; you’re not evaluating the material.
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Summaries For example, read this summary of Forrest Gump posted on the Internet Movie Database. Can you identify any opinions? The story follows the life of low-I.Q. Forrest Gump and his meeting with the love of his life, Jenny. The film chronicles his accidental experiences with some of the most important people and events in America from the late 1950s through 1970s, including meetings with Elvis Presley, JFK, Lyndon Johnson, and Richard Nixon and fighting in Vietnam. The problem is he's too stupid to realize the significance of his actions. Forrest becomes representative of the baby boomer generation walking through life blindly.
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Yes, you’re right: that wasn’t a very good summary of the film, Forrest Gump . Besides ignoring some of the film’s major events, that “summary” is more of a subjective evaluation of Forrest Gump the character instead of an objective report of the film’s facts.
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Why are summaries written? For the purpose of
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This note was uploaded on 09/23/2010 for the course WRIT 200 taught by Professor O'neil during the Spring '10 term at Arizona Western College.

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