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“Quick-Fix Workshop”
Communications CentreWhat is a SummaryA summary is a shortened version of an
original text. It includes the thesis and major
supporting points, and should reveal the
relationship between the major points and the
thesis.How Long is a SummaryIt may be any length, from 25% of
the original to one sentence.What you Need
1. A big, ugly, overwhelming text: to dissect
and shrink.
2. A Hi-lighter: to locate the text’s important
3. Paper: to write down the main point,
purpose of the text, major points and
documentation information.
4. A ruthless, but respectful attitude: to
conquer the mess.BEGINStep 1: Topic
• Locate the topic.
• The topic is a word or phrase that says what
the text is about.
• Try to be as specific as possible about the
topic.Step 2: Purpose
• What is the purpose of the text.
• Does it tell a story (narrate)? InformPersuade or raise readers’ awareness of an
Step 3: What is the Thesis• Look for the thesis (what the author is saying
about the topic).
• Look first in the introduction, then in the
conclusion; writers often write explicit thesis
• Write the thesis in your own words (and make
sure it matches your sense of the author’s
purpose).Step 4: Divisions in the Text
• Look for the major divisions of the text. In
your own words, summarize each division in
one sentence.
• (That may mean summarizing each
paragraph, but often several paragraphs go
• Make a list of all major points.Step 5: Organizing Sentences
• Work with the sentences you have created to
produce a summary.
• Be ruthless: a good summary is SUCCINCT
(you may leave some information out — as
long as it is ‘extraneous’)
• Make sure you reveal the relationships
between the ideas. Are there
contrasts or comparisons
between some of the ideas
• Summaries are short restatements of a work’s
main points.
• When writing a…

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