Try It: Summary Skills

Reading Journal Component #8

To Do

Write a summary of your reading selection.  This summary should be no longer than 1/3 the length of the original source.  (For instance, if your reading selection is 15 paragraphs long, your summary will be no longer than 5 paragraphs long.)

This summary should convey a full understanding of the original source to a person who has not read it.  It will:

  • include a paraphrase of the source’s thesis or purpose
  • convey the major ideas of the source
  • include only brief quotations, if they are helpful to capture the unique aspects of the original source
  • maintain a neutral tone, revealing nothing about your personal opinion of the reading