Purpose• Summarizing and Paraphrasing are two different ways to recap or retell the information in a story or text.• Both methods can be useful in helping to better comprehend and remember a selection.
Summarizing• A summary is a short retelling of a story or text that includes only the most important information.• Summaries include the main idea of the text and omit minor details• Summaries are considerably shorter than the original text.
Paraphrasing• A paraphrase is a restatement of the author’s words in your own words.• It can often be just as long as the original text.• A paraphrase includes both the main idea and minor details from the text.
To Summarize• Summaries and Paraphrases are two different ways to recap the main idea in a selection.• While paraphrases are longer and include more details, both are written in your own words.
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