Summary Writing Characteristics of a Good Summary It accurately represents the ideas in the original text accurate It preserves the balance and proportion of the original work balanced It does not misinterpret or twist the ideas in the source text It uses your own words unbiased original Some Important Points about Writing Summaries 1.First, make sure that you understand what you have read! 2.Distinguish between main ideas and details. Use only the most important supporting or explanatory details. 3.Write the main ideas in your own words. 4.Do not copy, although you may need to use some of the technical words used by the author. 5.Use a quotation ONLY if it is absolutely necessary to show a key point. 6.Introduce your summary by stating the name of the original work and the author and by using a reporting verb of some kind. For example: title author reporting verb In Writing Clearly, Lange and Lane provide information on common grammar errors ESL students make, explain strategies to correct the errors, and supply exercises for editing practice. Remember: Use italics or underline titles of books, magazines, or films. Put “quotation marks” around the titles of articles.