Summary Writing – Review

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Purpose of Summarizing a Passage

  • Condense information to provide an overview
  • Include the author’s full name, title of source, and writer’s intent (main idea).
  • Organize main ideas into a paragraph.

Always write your own words.

Steps in Writing a Summary

  • Read passage to get an overview.
  • Read passage again underlining main ideas and major details.
  • Create an outline of main ideas.
  • Write a first draft without looking at original passage.
  • Revise, check for accuracy and write final draft

Richard Carrigan, MSE

Richard Carrigan has been an educator for over 30 years and a filmmaker for the past ten years. He has experience teaching English as a Second Language in Asia and teaching university students in the United States. He earned his undergraduate degree from Loma Linda University and his graduate degree from Shenandoah University.