5 Main Things You Should NOT Include in Your Summary Writing

by Dylan L

1. Avoid details not Included in The Expository Text

An expository text will focus on explaining and describing the plot of the story. It is deliberate and concise. Details not included in the expository text should not be included in the summary. The summary should ONLY have information that is in the original piece and not your Own opinion

2. Don’t Compare

Do not compare the subject to another that is beyond the information in the expository text. Other details will only make the summary complicated and you will get a low or fail grade in doing this.

3. Avoid First and Second-person Point of View

Using the first person will eliminate the supposedly unbiased point of view while using the second person will make your reader the main character of the story which is not the case at all. Using a third-person point of view will ensure an unbiased and objective summary.

4. Do Not Add Information

There is no need for your interjections in making a summary, you are trying to maintain an objective point of view. Asking questions is also not advised when writing a summary, you are only to present the subject and supporting ideas of the chapter.

5. Summary, Not an Outline

A summary is not a list of ideas. Your details have to explain in a concise but clear manner. An outline is only relevant when you are still trying to identify and separate the main subject and its supporting details

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