Summarizing information presentation


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Summarizing information presentation

  1. 1. Summarizing Information English I NCVPS
  2. 2. What Does This Mean? <ul><li>A summary is a brief review of the main ideas and key supporting details of whatever text you’re reading. </li></ul><ul><li>It might help to go back and review your PowerPoint Presentation on main ideas and supporting details before moving on. </li></ul>
  3. 3. What’s the Point? <ul><li>The point of summarizing properly is to prove or demonstrate that you understand what you’re reading. </li></ul><ul><li>Your goal is to include only enough information to convey the gist of the text. </li></ul><ul><li>A summary should always be much shorter than the original. </li></ul>
  4. 4. How is this different from Paraphrasing? <ul><li>Great Question! </li></ul><ul><li>Paraphrasing puts an entire passage or speech or text into your own words, and credit is always given to the original speaker or writer. </li></ul><ul><li>It’s not uncommon to include direct quotes in a paraphrase. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Summarizing v/s Paraphrasing <ul><li>Summarizing is focusing only on the main ideas ~ the key phrases and words ~ and any important supporting details. </li></ul><ul><li>Very rarely, ideally never, will you use direct quotes. </li></ul><ul><li>While paraphrasing is a more condensed version of the original, a summary is a super concise, to-the-point piece of writing. </li></ul>
  6. 6. To Summarize. . . <ul><li>. . .tell me what I need to know, but KEEP IT BRIEF. </li></ul><ul><li>(We just summarized four slides worth of information into 10 words which clearly convey the main idea of summarizing. Isn’t that amazing?!?!) </li></ul>
  7. 7. How Do I Do This? <ul><li>Read carefully through the text. </li></ul><ul><li>While you’re doing this, try to answer these simple questions: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Who, What, When, Where, Why and How </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>For fictional pieces, think of these questions in this manner: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What is the setting of the story? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Who are the main characters? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What are the main conflicts? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How are these conflicts resolved? </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. So Far So Good! <ul><li>Next, looking at the text, write down ONLY key words or phrases that help to convey the main idea, or the answers to the questions of who, what, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not include your own ideas and opinions. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not include any direct quotations. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Finish it up <ul><li>Now take these main ideas, supporting information and /or answers to our key questions of who, what, etc. and write a brief paragraph. </li></ul><ul><li>This brief paragraph should demonstrate that you clearly understand what you’re reading. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Remember. . . <ul><li>Keep it Real </li></ul><ul><li>but </li></ul><ul><li>Keep it Brief!!! </li></ul>