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How to Write a Book Summary


									How to Write a Book Summary
It may be the bane of English students everywhere, but writing a book
summary doesn't have to be tedious and difficult. It can actually be fun
if you approach it correctly. Here are some simple steps on how to write
concise and informative summaries.


Sample Book Summary
Sample Summary Plot of Macbeth

Reading the Book
1Read the book. You can read the Cliff Notes version, but summarizing the
book is not effective.<For example, if you're readingGone With The Wind,
you'll probably immediately think of the 1939 movie actors. To build a
stronger interest, give the part of Rhett Butler to Johnny Depp, and the
part of Scarlet O'Hara to Scarlett Johansson. Cast Samuel L. Jackson as
Polk, and think of him saying Polk's lines with the Jackson touch.

2Take notes. As you're reading, keep a notepad or a voice recorder near
you. Make general observations as you read. Note the tone and setting of
the book, the characters and their personalities.For example, if you're
readingGame of Thrones, you could note that the world created was very
You would want to note the characteristics of Ned and his family¡ªand all
the other families; the relationship between Cersei and Jaime; or
Tyrion's physical stature compares to his personality.
The notes don't have to have any real form or substance¡ªthey can be
scrawled on a napkin, if that's what's handy¡ªas long as they make sense
to you, and will help you remember little details that will make your
summary work.

3Immerse yourself. If you are reading and taking notes, and find that
you've become so engrossed in the story, keep reading! When you're done
reading, make notes about what you discovered. While it may not be as
specific as taking notes, you can capture a broader sense of the
story.What compelled you to lose track of note-taking? It takes time to
get into the mood the author portrays.

Writing the Summary
1Gather your notes. Compose a chronology with your notes about the story.
If you recorded voice notes, be sure to transcribe and include them into
your collection.
2Outline the plot. Create a general synopsis of the characters, setting,
and theme throughout the story.Maintain a generalisation as you write
your outline. The purpose of an outline is to provide a framework for the
rest of the summary.

3Utilise your notes. Create sentences with your notes and include them
into your summary. Be sure to use only the appropriate information and
arrange them accordingly.
4Provide detailed descriptions. Analyse important events in the story,
and omit any unnecessary information that may be irrelevant to your
summary.Consider your audience. Clarify any key points in your summary to
avoid ambiguity.

5Conclude your summary with the ending. If this is a class assignment,
you may need to reiterate the ending of the story.
6Finalise your summary. This includes editing and revising any necessary
parts within your summary. Have someone who has read the book proofread
your summary and address certain areas that need improvement.<

Always remember to paraphrase.
Review other summaries of other books. Doing this will provide a better
insight of the structure for a summary.

Avoid plagiarism at all times. This is a criminal offence and can result
in serious consequences. To avoid plagiarism, always remember to cite
your sources in the correct format (i.e., MLA or APA). Consult your
teacher about citing sources and ask for methods to avoid plagiarism.

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