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Writing a Summary

Once you finish prewriting, you are ready to create the first draft of your summary. These writing activities will help you create a strong beginning, middle, and ending for your summary.

Writing the Topic Sentence

The topic sentence is the first sentence of a summary. It states the focus (overall point or thought) of the text in your own words. To write an effective topic sentence, follow this formula.

Topic of the reading


Overall point about the topic


Topic sentence

Korean pop music


gaining worldwide popularity through a mix of sound and technology


Korean pop music is gaining a worldwide following through a mix of sound and technology.

Write your topic sentence.

Answer the questions below to help you form a topic sentence for your summary of the article. Make a copy of this Google doc or download a Word template.

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