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Prewriting for Summaries

Prewriting is your first step in writing a summary. These prewriting activities will help you read closely and pick out the important details for your summary.

Prewriting to Read Closely

Before you can write a great summary, you need to read closely. To do so, use a close-reading strategy called SQ3R—Survey, Question, Read, Recite, Review.

Survey, question, and read.

Follow these instructions before you read the article below. Make a copy of this Google doc or download a Word template.

  1. Survey the article: Place a check mark by the title and author.
  2. Question the topic and purpose: Write notes on the document.
  3. Read the text: Underline the focus statement and topic sentences.

Listen to "The Modern Day Magellan' "

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This lesson is a part of the Summarizing, Paraphrasing, and Quoting unit.

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