Learning Activity 4

4-1: Summarizing

What is summarizing?

Summarizing is how we take larger selections of text and reduce them to their bare essentials: the gist, the key ideas, the main points that are worth noting and remembering.

How do I summarize?
  1. Read the article or text.
  2. Reread the article or text. Underline important ideas. Circle key terms. Find the main point of the article or text.
  3. Write a brief outline of the important information.
  4. Write the main point of the article. Use your own words. This should be a sentence that expresses the central idea of the article or text.
  5. Write your rough draft of the summary.
  6. Edit your version. Be concise. Eliminate needless words and repetitions.