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Writing summaries, presented by Daniela Munca, at ETRC.

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  • 1. Summarizing Tips
    By Daniela Munca, PhD
    American Language Center
    April 2010

2. Summarizing like Carving
Michelangelo is said to have created David by "taking a block of marble and
cutting away everything that was
not David."
Writing a summary is a similar process you take a long work, and you cut out as much as possible. The question is, what do you cut?
3. Why teach our students to summarize?
A valuable SKILL used in:
essay writing
presentation making
post-reading activities
Class projects: making a poster, participating in a debate, etc.
4. Why summarize ?
Writing a good summary demonstrates that you:

  • clearly understand a text

5. can communicate that understanding to your readers

  • apply your high-thinking skills (analyzing, processing, eliminating, etc)