ENTR 2005 Cannabis Entrepreneurship
Writing a Summary
Summarizing consists of two important skills: identifying the important material in the text, and restating the text in your own words. One of the best way to really know a subject, includes the ability to summarize it in your own words. Readers may monitor their understanding of a text by summarizing as they read or highlight relevant sections. You can rely on your summary when you discuss the reading with the class.
How to Write a Summary
· A summary begins with an introductory sentence that states the text’s title, author and main thesis or subject.
· It contains the main thesis (or main point of the text), restated in your own words.
· The retelling is written in your own words. It contains few or no quotes.
· A summary is always shorter than the original text, often about 1/3 as long as the original. It is the ultimate “fat-free” writing. An article or paper may be summarized in a few sentences or a couple of paragraphs. A book may be summarized in an article or a short paper. A very large book may be summarized in a smaller book.
· A summary should contain all the major points of the original text, but should ignore most of the fine details, examples, illustrations or explanations.
· The backbone of any summary is formed by critical information (key names, dates, places, ideas, events, words and numbers). A summary must never rely on vague generalities.
· If you quote anything from the original text, even an unusual word or a catchy phrase, you need to put whatever you quote in quotation marks (“”).
1. Read the assigned text or material.
2. Identify the main points of the author and summarize in an introductory sentence/paragraph.