ENG 100: Enhanced Composition I, Fall 2017
Section M1:  Monday 2:00–3:15 pm, G 309; Wednesday 2:00–3:15 pm and 3:30–4:20 pm, L 233-B (Lab)
CRN 17390

The Norton Field Guide to Writing, 4 ed.

Brian T. Murphy

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How to Write a Summary
 

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READ the source: Several times. You cannot summarize what you do not completely understand.

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Identify the MAIN POINTS of the source. For example,
Thesis
Topic Sentences

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OMIT minor points:
Examples
Description
Repetition
Explanations

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Draft your OPENING SENTENCE, including
the Author’s Full Name
his or her Authority or Credentials (optional)
the Title of Source
the Main Idea, Purpose, or Point of View
an
Active, Present-Tense Verb:

acknowledges          examines           notes               states

argues                       expresses           points out       suggests

asserts                       implies              questions        wonders

believes                    insists                replies             et cetera

contends                   maintains          reveals            NOT talks about

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Write out the MAIN POINTS in complete sentences
Attribute ideas to the author: use the author’s Last Name Only, or PRONOUNS
Use Active, Present-Tense Verbs
Utilize
APPROPRIATE TRANSITIONS

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Add CONCLUDING SENTENCE
Restate Main Idea
Summarize Key Points
Draw a
Logical Conclusion

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DOCUMENT
use the appropriate format for your discipline: MLA, APA,  et cetera

 

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