Writing and Summary

Topics: Writing, Essay, Rhetoric Pages: 40 (1116 words) Published: October 7, 2013

 

 

 

WRITING
 A
 SUMMARY
 OF
 AN
 ARTICLE
 
 

 

 

 

 
WHAT
 IS
 A
 SUMMARY?
 
 

 
A
 summary
 restates
 the
 main
 ideas
 of
 an
 author
 in
 your
 own
 words.
 It
 keeps
 the
 essential
 
information
 from
 the
 original
 passage
 while
 eliminating
 most
 supporting
 details,
 such
 as
 the
 
examples
 and
 illustrations.
 
 A
 good
 summary
 makes
 the
 author's
 ideas
 clear,
 perhaps
 even
 
clearer
 than
 in
 the
 original.
 
 

 
What
 is
 the
 difference
 between
 an
 abridgement,
 a
 paraphrase,
 and
 a
 summary?
 

 
An
 abridgement
 is
 a
 shortened
 form
 of
 a
 work
 that
 to
 a
 great
 extent
 keeps
 the
 language
 of
 
the
 original.
 Although
 an
 editor
 has
 made
 decisions
 about
 which
 words
 or
 passages
 to
 delete,
 
the
 article
 or
 book
 is
 presented
 as
 the
 work
 of
 the
 original
 author.
 

 
 
A
 paraphrase
 differs
 from
 an
 abridgement
 in
 that
 it
 is
 written
 in
 language
 different
 from
 the
 
original.
 It
 follows
 the
 order
 of
 the
 original
 text
 and,
 unlike
 a
 summary,
 it
 recasts
 everything,
 
not
 just
 the
 main
 ideas.
 It
 may
 be
 shorter
 than
 the
 original,
 but
 it
 could
 be
 longer.
 
 

 
A
 summary
 is
 generally
 much
 shorter
 than
 the
 original
 text.
 It
 includes
 only
 key
 ideas
 and
 
omits
 the
 details.
 It
 may
 or
 may
 not
 follow
 the
 order
 of
 the
 original.
 Because
 you
 must
 decide
 
how
 all
 of
 the
 ideas
 fit
 together,
 writing
 a
 summary
 requires
 more
 skill
 than
 writing
 a
 
paraphrase.
 A
 paraphrase
 is
 a
 list
 of
 sentences;
 a
 summary
 is
 a
 group
 of
 connected
 sentences
 
revealing
 how
 the
 author's
 ideas
 are
 related.
 
 

 

 
HOW
 TO
 WRITE
 A
 SUMMARY
 

 
1.
 
 Preview
 the
 article
 to
 get
 an
 idea
 of
 what
 it
 is
 about.
 
 Read
 the
 title,
 headings,
 first
 
paragraph,
 first
 sentence
 of
 the
 following
 paragraphs,
 and
 the
 last
 paragraph.
 
 

 
2.
 
 Read
 carefully.
 Photocopy
 the
 article
 so
 that
 you
 can
 underline
 
 or
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