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  • 1. Writing a Chapter Summary
    Chapter 1
  • 2. What is a summary?
    A brief restatement, in your own words, of the content of a passage.
    In your case, it will be a chapter.
    The key is to focus on the central idea.
  • 3. Write a brief summary of the following image:
  • 4. A summary requires Interpretation
    Write a summary of the following image:
  • 5. Guidelines for writing a summary for a longer passage:
    Include all of the main points.
    The main points will reflect the order and emphasis given to them by the original author.
    It may include important examples
    It will not include minor details
    It will not repeat points
    It will not contain your opinions or conclusions
  • 6. A good summary will include the following:
  • 7. Objectivity?
    Prior knowledge
    Frame of reference
    Make a conscious, good-faith effort to be objective.
  • 8. Overview—Summarization
    Condensed—Shorter than the Original
    Tells all the main ideas
    Is objective
  • 9. Purpose of a Summary
    Help you understand what you have read
    Summaries are useful to your readers
    Summaries of chapters will help shape your book report
  • 10. The Reading Process
    Summaries require you to read carefully and allow you to make accurate and coherent discussions that go beyond the summary.
  • 11. Examine the Context
    Credentials, occupation, and publications of the author. Identify the source in which the piece originally appeared.
  • 12. Note the chapter title
    It reveals the author’s attitude toward the subject.
  • 13. Read your Chapter
    Find out main ideas
    Know audience
    Know author
  • 14. Indentify the thesis of your chapter
  • 15. Identify when the introduction ends
  • 16. Break the reading into sections
  • 17. Identify the main points
    Identify the main idea or argument in each stage
    What is the main idea of this stage?
    What words or phrases demonstrate the main idea of this section?
  • 18. Write a short summary of each section
    • What are the main ideas of this section?
    • 19. What words or phrases did I highlight?
  • Conclusion
    Where does the conclusion begin?
    Where does it end?
  • 20. Distinguish between points, examples, and counterarguments
    Note how authors make arguments
  • 21. Watch for transitions within and between paragraphs
    Identify the road signs of logic
  • 22. Read actively and recursively
    Engage in a dialogue with the author
  • 23. Guidelines for Writing Summaries
  • 24. Write a thesis– a one or two sentence summary
  • 25. Write the first draft of your summary
  • 26. Check your summary against the original passage
  • 27. Revise your Summary