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How do I summarize an article in a way that will get me a good grade? What do I include and how do I write it up? Thanks.

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A summary is an essential condensation in your own words.

-It answers the question "what is the author really saying?"
-It is the result of careful "listening" to the author.
-It remains faithful to the author's emphasis and interpretation.
-It does not disagree with or critique the author's opinions.

How to Summarize a Paragraph

-Read the paragraph twice.
-Isolate the topic sentence; if it conveys reliably the meaning of the paragraph, consider it your summary.
-Underline key phrases and look for any crucial distinctions or contrasts which form the framework of the paragraph (the ...

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