Writing Summaries - Summaries normally are written in your...

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Writing Summaries Definition : a brief restatement in your own words of a text's main ideas (Holt Handbook, 5th edition); a condensation of "an extended idea or argument into a sentence or more in your own words" (Little, Brown Handbook, 5th edition). Characteristics : * Summaries identify the source of original text. * Summaries demonstrate your understanding of a text's subject matter. * Summaries are shorter (at least 60% shorter) than the original text--they omit the original text's "examples, asides, analogies, and rhetorical strategies: (Holt Handbook, 5th edition). * Summaries differ from paraphrases--paraphrases more closely follow the original text's presentation (they still use your words, but they are longer than summaries). * Summaries focus exclusively on the presentation of the writer's main ideas--they do not include your interpretations or opinions.
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Unformatted text preview: * Summaries normally are written in your own words--they do not contain extended quotes or paraphrases. * Summaries rely on the use of standard signal phrases ("According to the author. .."; "The author believes. .."; etc.). Tips on Writing Summaries Step One (Prewriting): * Read the article quickly. * Try to get a sense of the article's general focus and content. Step Two (Drafting): * Restate the article's thesis simply and in your own words. * Restate each paragraph's topic simply and in your own words. Step Three (Revising): * Combine sentences in Step Two to form your summary; organize your summary sentences in the same order as the main ideas in the original text. * Edit very carefully for neatness and correctness....
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