How to Write a Summary

Writing summaries are important. You use summarizing for book reports, to tell about a favorite book or movie, or to quickly tell about an event that happened. Writing a summary about a book is an easy way to practice summarizing. Each book has a beginning, middle, and end. When you write a summary writing a little about each of the parts will help explain what happened in the book.
  • The beginning tells about the main character(s), the setting, and what usually happens to the main character(s).
  • The middle will tell about the problem and how it effects the character and situation. The problem usually grows or changes int he middle.
  • The end is when the problem gets resolved or gets worked out.
Telling a little about each of the parts of the story will give you a short summary of the book.

Another way to tell about a book or a part of a book is to follow a summary pattern. An easy pattern to follow is to finish the sentences below, adding details from the book or article.
  1. In the beginning...
  2. Next...
  3. Then...
  4. After that...
  5. In the end...

Writing summaries will help you be able to tell about something important, funny, exciting, or instructional so others will be able to follow along with your story.

What to do when reading a book out loud

When reading a book out loud, there are a few things that need to be done to keep the listener interested.
  • Speed - The listener wants you to read fast enough to keep from being bored, but no too fast so they miss something in the story. If you read about as fast as you talk, that is a good speed.
  • Expression - Listeners want to be pulled into a book. The way to do that is to use your voice in different ways to make the reader interested. Slow down during intense parts, speed up during action parts, speak softly when you want someone to listen carefully, speak loudly when something happens that should be loud. Make sounds whena sound is needed (like an owl hooting). When someone talks, try to sound like they would sound when talking. If it is a little girl, talk like little girl, if a gruff, old man, sound lke a gruff, old man. Express what they are trying to say.
  • Phrasing - Read the punctuation. Start at the beginning of the sentence and stop at the period. When a question is asked, make it sound like a question, add emphasis for an exclamation mark, pause at commas.