|What is a Summary? A summary is a concise
statement of the most important information in a text. It should describe
most of the main ideas. Details and repeated information should be
omitted. Here are some guidelines you can refer to in order to write
your summary. For more explanation please click on the underlined
for Summary Writing To summarize a longer text,
you should follow these steps for each section of the text; for a shorter
(1 page) text, you can apply them to the entire text:
- Find the most important information that tells
what the paragraph or group of paragraphs is about. Write this into
a topic sentence.
- Find 2 - 3 main
ideas and important details that support your topic sentence and
show how they are related.
several main ideas into a single sentence.
- Substitute a general
term for lists of items or events.
- Do not include trivial
information or unimportant details.
- Do not repeat information.
Summary Street . . . will compare your
summary to the original text. It will tell you how well your summary covers
the information in the original text. It will tell you if your summary
is too long
for a good summary. It will also give you advice on how to improve your
Summary Street . . . is experimental software.
It is not perfect and it cannot understand everything you write. It cannot
recognize what you mean by misspelled words, so be sure to check your
summary for spelling before submitting your summary to request feedback.
So far, the software can only help you with summaries of
a few texts. Select a text from the list below. Read it carefully. Type
in your summary. Then go to Summary Street. Click on
the underlined words in these instructions for more explanation.
|Steps for using Summary
Street . . .
- Enter your initials in the box, if you are a student
at Platt Middle School.
Otherwise, enter guest.
- Select the essay topic you are summarizing from
the pull-down menu.
- Click the "New Summary" button if you are going
to write a new summary from scratch, or the "Last Summary" button
if you want me to retrieve your latest summary.
- Type your summary into the white text box, or
copy and paste it from a word processing document.
- Press the "Submit request" button.
Using feedback from Summary Street . . .
In a moment you will get some feedback about content of
your summary. Think about the feedback and use it to revise your summary:
The bars will tell you which sections need more information. Make thorough
and thoughtful revisions. When you have done as much revising as you can,
submit your summary again. Repeat these cycles of revising and resubmitting
until your summary passes all the thresholds at the content level.
You will also automatically receive feedback about the
length of your summary. If your summary is too long you will receive some
advice about how to shorten it. Again, make thoughtful revisions using
the feedback. Repeat these cycles of revising and resubmitting until your
summary is the right length and also passes all thresholds at the content
When you have improved your summary as much as you can
by using the feedback from Summary Street, use the "Format for Printing"
button in the textbox window to get a double-spaced copy. Print out this
version and show it to your teacher for further feedback.
Texts on Energy Sources:
Texts on Ancient Civilizations:
Aztec, Inca, Maya texts
Texts on the Circulation System:
I. The Role of the Lungs
II. The Heart and Circulation of Blood
There is also a
web site on the ancient civilizations of the Aztec, Inca and Maya.
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Please send ideas and feedback to the Summary Street webmaster.
The people who made Summary Street are interested to
know if you think it was helpful and how you think it could be improved.
Click here for more information on this research