-1000-1200 words, new times Roman 12 inch font, 1 inch margins, single spaced
– summary is ONLY on this paper, cite this paper only
Suggestions on How to Write a Summary Essay:
The point of writing a summary essay is to convey an understanding of the essence of a source text to readers, without them having to read it in its entirety. This type of essay is about summarizing the original text, not criticizing it. Don’t include your own examples or interpretations in your paper. You literally need to repeat the information given in the original text, but in a shorter frame and in your own words.
The following are some suggested steps to develop and organize your summary essay:
Thoroughly read the original text. When you read it, get a sense of the author’s style, the article’s general focus and content, and try to identify the main ideas expressed.
Divide the text into several sections, and sketch a rough outline for your summary based on these different sections. Breaking the text into several parts will make the material easier to grasp. Then read each part once more, but this time highlight some of the key points. Mark areas you want to refer to in your summary, as well as those that shouldn’t be included in your essay. Don’t try to grasp all of the ideas contained in the original text in your essay. Focus only on the most important points.
When you have a clear understanding of the information in each part of the source, write down the main idea in each section in the form of a short overview.
Write an introduction. It should briefly present the main ideas in the original text.
In the main body paragraphs, state the ideas you’ve chosen while reading the text. Expand on them by including one or more examples from the original text. Include important information only and avoid describing minor, insignificant points. One way you can organize the main body is to have each paragraph focused on a separate main idea and just the most important details from the article. Use transitional words and phrases to connect ideas.
After you have summarized the main ideas in the original text, your essay is finished. There is customarily no conclusion to a summary essay.
Common Mistake to Avoid:
Including too much or too little information in your essay.
Forgetting to cite quotations, so that the words of the original texts’ author looks like your own (for a short summary essay such as this one, no or very few quotes should be used).
Concentrating on insignificant details, examples, and anecdotes.