A summary is a short paragraph telling what the main idea of a reading/lecture/video is about. These are some basic steps to follow in order to create a summary:
- Read the text and underline or highlight the main idea and the main details.
- Put the text aside and write down the main idea and details in a separate document/on a separate piece of paper. DO NOT LOOK AT THE ORIGINAL DOCUMENT!
- Write your summary using your typed/handwritten notes.
- Check your summary and the original article to be sure you have included only the most important information and that you have not directly copied from the article.