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EXEMPLAR SUMMARY
EXEMPLAR SUMMARY

GRADE 10
GRADE 10

ENGLISH HOME LANGUAGE

ENGLISH HOME LANGUAGE

MARKS: 10 MARKS
TIME: 30 MIN

WITH APPRECIATION TO SCHOOLS FOR SUBMISSION OF TASKS

Summaries

A summary is a short summing-up of the important ideas in a text. We use summaries when doing research or studying, but we also often need to summarise information in situations in daily life. In an examination, a summary tests your understanding of a text, and your ability to extract relevant information for a specific purpose.

Checkpoints for summarising
* Read the passage until you understand it.
* Sum it up in one sentence. This helps you to pinpoint the main idea, and to avoid focusing on unimportant details. * Make sure that you understand the purpose of your summary. * Select only the information needed for your purpose.

* Make a rough draft in your own words of the information you select. * Generally, we omit examples, figures of speech, quotations, direct speech, repetition, and minor and irrelevant details. (However, when making a speech, for example, we may want to use some examples or quotations.) * Your final version must be written in the format and style specified, for example as a speech, a review, a report, and so on, and must read clearly and fluently. * Keep to the word limit: examiners count the words in a summary. * At the end, write in brackets the number of words you have used. Read this extract from a travel article on Mauritius and then answer the questions that follow.

Mauritius Sans Bikini

I had heard stories of whole fashion crews being stranded on Mauritius for weeks during the monsoon season as they waited for the sun to appear. Arriving in paradise during the rainy season is not advisable if you are planning to spend some time in the sunshine. But, as I soon discovered, if your aim is having a good time, whatever the weather, Mauritius comes to the party. And then some....
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