FIND AN ARTICLE
Here are some links to good places to find articles:
WRITE YOUR SUMMARYA summary restates the main ideas of an author in your own words. It keeps the essential information from the original passage while eliminating most supporting details, such as the examples and illustrations. A good summary makes the author's ideas clear, perhaps even clearer than in the original.
HOW TO WRITE A SUMMARY
- Preview the article to get an idea of what it is about. Read the title, headings, first paragraph, first sentence of the following paragraphs, and the last paragraph.
- Read carefully. Write the main idea of each and also make notes about the purpose of the paragraph (For example, does it provide examples of a main point or serve as a transition to another point?)
- Express in one sentence the thesis or main idea of the article. A good model for your first sentence is to include the author's name, the title, and the thesis. In "Essays to Read at the Beach," Frances Payne (discusses, states, argues). . . THESIS OF THE ARTICLE.
- Write your first draft, using your notes. You can keep this draft simple by following the order of ideas in the original.
- Go over what you wrote and put the finishing touches (this is your final draft). Is there anything that is still unclear? Explain it.