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  • S ummary W riting by Piet van der Laan
  • W riting a summary takes 5 steps
    • S tep 1. Read with the Writer’s Purpose in Mind.
    • S tep 2. Underline with Summarizing in Mind.
    • S tep 3. Writing your Summary.
    • S tep 4. Revising your Summary (proofreading).
    • S tep 5. Editing your Summary.
  • S tep 1. R ead with the W riter’s P urpose in M ind
    • M ake predictions based on the title, subtitles, pictures, etc.
    • R ead the article carefully (no notes, no marks).
    • W rite down the point that is made about the subject in one sentence.
    • U nderline the writer’s thesis (main idea) and check whether it corresponds with what you wrote down .
  • S tep 2. U nderline with S ummarizing in M ind
    • R ead the text again and underline the major points supporting the thesis.
    • U nderline the transitional elements that show how parts are connected.
    • L ook up difficult words if necessary.
  • S tep 3. W riting your S ummary
    • Y our summary should contain the following elements:
      • I ntroduction
      • B ody
      • C onclusion
  • S tep 3. W riting your S ummary (1)
    • I ntroduction
      • W riter, title, main idea
        • I n the article, ……. (title article), …….(author’s name) stated/states that ….(the author’s thesis in your own words)
  • S tep 3. W riting your S ummary (2)
    • B ody
      • S ummarize in the order of the author’s thoughts.
      • P araphrase and condense into a coherent whole.
        • I nclude major data.
        • I nclude one or more of the author’s examples or illustrations (liveliness.)
        • D o not include your own ideas, illustrations or interpretations.
        • U se appropriate transitions.
  • S tep 3. W riting your S ummary (3)
    • C onclusion
      • C onclude with a final statement reflecting the significance of the article.
      • D on’t use your own point of view but the writer’s
  • S tep 4. R evising your S ummary (proofreading)
    • C heck for accuracy.
      • D oes your summary make the same point as the article?
      • H ave you omitted anything important?
      • D oes your summary read smoothly with all parts clearly related?
  • S tep 5. E diting your S ummary
    • C orrect grammar, spelling and punctuation errors, looking particularly for those common in your writing.
    • W rite a clean draft and proofread for copying errors.
  • Q uestions?