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Summarizing nonfiction | Reading

Summaries are retellings of texts. Let's explore how they work for nonfiction!

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  • aqualine ultimate style avatar for user Flashgirl
    hi everyone how are you what are you doing at home or at school how many votes do you have I have 44 I am doing good
    do you type fast or slow I type fast how old are you I am 10 and do you have a pet I have 4 well used to have 5 he died he was a lizard tho 😭😭😭 soooo sad

    anyway, make sure to vote and I will vote for you even before you vote for me I will do that after I am done with this message thank you all

    I have to go otho I do not want you you do not have to vote, but if you do not
    I will downvote you.

    plz and thank you bye

    you can do anything Flashgirl out

    P.S how are you inspired by khan academy?
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  • blobby green style avatar for user Superdbz
    How would you know if the summaries are correct? can you use any methods to check it.
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  • leafers ultimate style avatar for user Sarah V.
    Why do you summarize fiction if its not important?
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  • aqualine ultimate style avatar for user Sean Morrell
    If you were a superhero who would you be? Batman or Superman
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    I love khan academy to
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    i would be the Flash
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  • aqualine ultimate style avatar for user Flashgirl
    i like making books so Mack make books like:

    the friends the sisters in the black night all about me dose eny one eals like to make books? it tacks skill to make them i am almost 10 and i like fashion i want to make a book about fashion dose anyone ells like fashion? i may say hello my name is Lizzie and i love fashion! this is what you will need to make clothes : fabric, sowing kit, and patients. again it tacks a lot of patients to make a book dose enyone like to make books? and i might also say: firs you with gather all the stuff than you will start to sow than you will Macke you destine if you want one than i might say pick you color like i will pick pink than sow remember never give up on your dreams (like i want to be a fashion desiner)
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  • aqualine ultimate style avatar for user Flashgirl
    comment and say what is missing from this short story.


    this is a big deal, said Lillian. why is it a big deal and why are are looking at that news paper Never mind Zendaya, you should probably leave i need to do homework so, bye! ok, i said thinking that she was hideing something.

    what is some stuff that is wrong?
    I will come back with a part two keep watching in the comets i will put the part two there! good luck


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    you can do anything no madder what! so plz vote me and text and say hi flashgirl so i can vote you too!


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  • aqualine ultimate style avatar for user ɐLβατʀσšŜ
    (If you want the rest of the story you can press the link on my name and look at my projects. But if it doesn't work I can just post it here)
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    I guys this is Aaron
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Video transcript

- [David] Hello, readers. Today, I'm going to be talking about the skill of summary, which you might be familiar with in the form of summarizing stories. It's like a retelling, but shorter, and in your own words. This is an important skill, summarizing fiction, but it's not what we're talking about today. This kind of summarizing is used when you want to sum up the information in a nonfiction passage like a magazine article, a book, a news story, a scientific paper. Most scientific papers begin with a quick retelling of what the paper's about. So say you're a scientist and you discovered a cure for roboflu. Let's say robots can get the flu, first of all. And the abstract, the summary retelling at the very beginning of your paper about your cure says, "Hey, under these conditions, we learned "that this medicine cures roboflu." And then, the reader goes on to look at everything else you've written in your long scholarly paper. So how do you do it? To make a summary, you will need your own words, the order of events or information from the text, and important details from the text. So what's not in the summary? Every last detail from the original text. I think I first read something like this in a Neil Gaiman novel, but here's the deal. Imagine you were coming to visit me and you asked me for a map of my neighborhood. Now if I included every single detail in my map, who lives next to me, every tuft of grass under a tree, it would stop being a map and just become a one-to-one scale drawing of my neighborhood. In other words, it would be useless as a map. A summary is a map of my neighborhood with only the important bits in it, my apartment, a metro stop, Rock Creek Park. When we make a summary of a text, we are in effect making a simple map of that text. And it's your job to determine what details are necessary, the most needed. Like say somewhere deep in that paper on how you discovered a cure for the roboflu, you had written, "It was raining on the cold, "the November day "our team first identified the robomedicine." Like would that be an important enough detail to include in the summary? I'd say no. The big picture is that the team discovered the medicine, not that it was raining when it happened. But if the cure for robotflu involved garlic and motor oil, yes, that's an important detail, because it relates back to the big picture. We discovered a medicine, and here's what's in it. To conclude, let me summarize. A summary is a short retelling of a piece of text with only the important details included. It's like a simple map of a place. You can learn anything, David out.