How to Write a Summary of an Article


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With regards to written works, which term refers to a brief account or recap of the author's main points, ideas or concepts?

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1. Which is the correct order of the steps to writing a summary?

2. Which step involves wrapping up the summary with a recap of the author's main argument or purpose?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this quiz and worksheet to test what you know about the process of writing a summary of an article. You'll review key terms and name the steps of the process.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The intent of this quiz and worksheet is to offer a review of:

  • Identifying the different steps
  • Listing the steps in the correct order
  • Naming the step that includes a recap of the purpose or main argument

Skills Practiced

  • Identify key concepts - check that you are able to define the key steps in writing a summary of an article
  • Information recall - see if you are able to organize the steps in the correct order
  • Knowledge application - review what you know about summarizing an article in order to answer questions about what is done in select steps

Additional Learning

If you'd like to learn more about this topic, see the lesson, How to Write a Summary of an Article. The lesson offers more detail about:

  • What a summary is
  • The proper steps of writing a summary
  • Defining each step
  • How to judge the necessary length of a summary