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