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Writing a Summary

Once you finish prewriting, you are ready to begin writing your summary. These writing activities will help you create a strong beginning, middle, and ending.

Writing the Topic Sentence

The topic sentence is the first sentence of a summary. It should name the title and author of the article and state the article's main idea in your own words. The following formula can help you summarize the main idea.

Topic of the reading


Overall point about the topic


Topic sentence

The article "Completos" by Manuel Alvarez


tells about a unique type of hot dog eaten in Chile


In the article "Completos," Manuel Alvarez explains a unique type of hot dog eaten throughout Chile.

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