Summary Cheat Sheet

Summary Cheat Sheet

· No editorializing! No opinion!

· No minor details

· Include all major ideas

· No word theft, unless unavoidable

· Try to mimic the order and proportions of the original

· Not so general that it becomes meaningless

· Include publication information: name, title, date, page, publication…

Never include your own opinion! Your job is to shrink the original, not to add anything.

If an article is well-written, it will have a thesis statement and topic sentences in each paragraph. Scan for these to help you find the main points.

Rules for summarizing
Write the introductory sentence, which you will put as the 1st sentence of your summary.

This MUST include:

Reference information (author’s name, name of the article, name of the publication, date, page)

A thesis or general idea statement

Sample Introductory Statements
In her 2009 TED talk The Danger of A Single Story, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie explains that knowing only one story about a group of people leads to stereotyping.

In his essay, “Harmony”, from his book One Story One Song, Richard Wagamese says that to bring harmony back to our lives we need to find a balance with nature.

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