Summarizing to Improve Comprehension

How often have you heard, "What's the point?" or, "Just give me the bottom line."? The ability to correctly summarize is an essential, basic skill. Incorrect conclusions can lead to all sorts of misunderstandings and problems - personal and otherwise. Before you can take accurate notes, keep minutes at a meeting, study effectively for a test or write a report, you must learn to summarize. Although many of the subskills practiced here may be found elsewhere (determining main idea; identifying details; using maps, frames, and webs; outlining; and writing a summary - later called a précis), I believe this is the only series that I have ever run across that concentrates specifically and completely on developing summarization skills. After working through the exercises (which build from identifying a summary to writing one), students can take the five included tests. Answers are included.

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