How to Write an Informative Summary

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Writing a summary is an opportunity to demonstrate your understanding of a text. A summary challenges you to use your own words to condense the main idea and most important details of the original piece. According to the Santa Monica College Reading Center, a summary "does not have to be long nor should it be long." The five-finger summary is an effective method to write a summary that is informative and succinct.

Things You'll Need

  • Pen or pencil
  • Paper
  • Read the original work at least two times. After the first read, make an outline of important details as you read. Pay attention to topic sentences and concluding sentences; the first and last sentences of a paragraph, and the first and last sentences of a written work.

  • Read over your outline. Isolate the main idea and the three most important details.

  • Write a five-finger summary: in the first sentence, introduce the title, author and main idea of the text. Describe the three most important details in one sentence each. Write a concluding sentence that expounds upon and echoes the main idea sentence.

  • Check your work. Compare your summary to the original work. Ask yourself: Have I maintained meaning of the original work? Have I accurately restated the main idea and supporting details in my own words?

Tips & Warnings

  • An informative summary is not a critique; it should be objective. Do not make value judgments about the original work.

References

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