Below you will find some lists to help you visualize an organized summary.
The first sentence should include:
--the type of document (article, book, passage, illustration)
--the author or creator
--the main idea of the document (who + what they have done)
The body should include:
--three to four details from the reading that support the main idea
--transition words (also, in addition, etc.) to connect the details
The final sentence should include:
--a statement paraphrasing the main idea of the document
--a transition phrase (to sum up, in other words, etc), if appropriate
Hopefully, these tips will help you turn summaries from foes to friends.
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