Summary Checklist

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From the Syllabus: "It is fundamental to your academic experience to be able to summarize information.  You may be asked to summarize a lab report, a movie, an article, a chapter, etc. Summarizing consists of two important skills: (1) identifying the important material in the text (2) restating the text in your own words.  Since writing a summary consists of omitting minor information, it will always be shorter than the original text."
  1. Does the summary open with a topic sentence that states the author, title and main idea of the text being summarized, in correct grammatical English?  YES /  NO


  3. Is the summary significantly shorter than the original text (about 1/3 the length of the original text)? 


  5.  Does the Summary include all the major supporting points presented to explain and prove the main idea of the text?  YES  / NO 


  7. Does the summary include details and/or examples necessary for an understanding of information/ideas presented in the original text, and does the summary provide all the relevant information necessary for your audience to understand the original text? YES / NO


  9. Are minor, less important details, illustrations, examples and explanations eliminated from the summary? YES / NO


  11. Is the original meaning of the text preserved in the summary, and does the summary writer avoid adding any new ideas, interpretations or conclusions that were not in the original text?  YES / NO


  13. Is the summary well written, in correct and fluent academic English?  YES / NO


  15. Are any quotes from the original in quotation marks?  YES / NO


Engl 0310 (2005)  OW



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