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4: Writing Summaries and Responses

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  • Summarizing is an important academic and everyday life skill. A summary is a condensed restatement, in your own words, of another piece of writing (typically, though it could be a speech, presentation, video, or other medium). Writing a summary will help you understand another piece of writing. When you restate an essay’s or article’s main ideas in your own words, it helps you internalize those main ideas, clarify them, and better understand them.

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