HOW TO WRITE A ONE-PARAGRAPH SUMMARY
1. FIRST create an outline (over)
Scroll down to see a sample summary.
2. Write the first sentence of the summary:
In “TITLE,” AUTHOR VERB THESIS.
3. Briefly discuss ALL of the major supporting details.
a. One sentence for the major detail.
b. Another sentence or two to describe or illustrate it.
c. Introduce each with a transition: “first,” second,” “finally.”
4. Write a concluding sentence that re-states the thesis but in different words.
Do not copy whole phrases or sentences. Instead, use your own words.
Avoid unnecessary words
o “This chapter discussed…”
o “I am going to tell you about…”
Let the author speak. Keep yourself out of it. Don’t say anything like this:
o “To me, the most interesting…”
o “I was surprised to learn that…”
Statements like these indicate
a personal RESPONSE. They do
not belong in a SUMMARY.