Writing a Summary or Précis

Paraphrasing and Summary
Follow links on the left to a short definition of paraphrasing, a short definition of summarizing, and a short activity.

Process for Writing a Summary
This list emphasizes discovering the writer's purpose before writing a summary.

Summarizing
This interactive lesson makes an excellent introduction to this skill because it focuses more on reading than on writing. It is designed for adult learners and will work with many age levels.

Teaching kids how to summarize
In this forum teachers share strategies they have used to teach summary writing.



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