7 - Summary Paragraph
Summarizing is how we take larger selections of text and reduce them to their bare essentials: the gist, the key ideas, the main points that are worth noting and remembering. Webster’s dictionary calls a summary the “general idea in brief form.”
Your task on the OSSLT will be to:
What is the difference between summarizing as we read (which was a reading strategy introduced in Workshop 1) and summarizing as a writing task?
Summarizing as you read will help you write a summary – but you will need to go one step further to write a summary paragraph.
You need to get what might be 300 words down to 50 words. You might have some good summary notes that you made as you read – but you need to make some decisions on how to pair down your information down to just one main idea and just one supporting detail.
What are we doing when we summarize?
We focus on the heart of the matter. We try to find the key words and phrases that, when uttered later, still manage to capture the gist of what we’ve read. We are trying to capture the main ideas and the crucial details necessary for supporting them.
What are we not supposed to do when we summarize?
Now go to 7.1 Reducing Words