A summary is a short statement that tells the main points or important ideas of a reading passage. When you restate the important ideas in a short statement, you are summarizing.
- A summary is not stated in a reading passage. To create a summary, you must think about and restate the most important ideas.
- A good summary of fiction tells about the main character, the problems, and the solution.
- A good summary of nonfiction tells about the main idea of the reading selection, as well as the main ideas contained in the paragraphs.
Questions about the best summary of a passage ask you about the main points of the passage. When you answer questions about summary, first ask yourself, What is the main idea of the passage? A good summary is closer to the main idea that to any single detail found in the passage.