Attached below is link to the introduction video of the WebQuest Topic: Summary Writing



Good Day Students 

I am Ms. Brenner and in this video I will give you an introduction into the WebQuest Topic which is: Summary Writing. 


What is a summary?

A summary is a brief summarization of a larger work that gives the reader a comprehensive understanding


What is the purpose of a summary?

The purpose of a summary is to give readers a condensed range of information, and an aggregation of the most important parts of what they’re about to read (or in some cases, see). A well-written summary provides a basic understanding of a piece of literature, media or history.


Why do you we teach Summaries? 

Summarizing teaches students how to discern the most important ideas in a text, how to ignore irrelevant information, exercises their reading and analyzing skills and how to integrate the central ideas in a meaningful way.


In this WebQuest I have provided you with a Summary Task. I have also also provided you with various resources to assist during your summary writing. Please follow all instructions and make sure.


Thank you, Enjoy Students. 




Topic: A good night's sleep is necessary for good health


Read the summary provided: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1RKKZyonw_34D17TeQCty_UlJ6k810BtB/view?usp=sharing and list SEVEN points on "how to get a good night's sleep."



1. Your Summary must be written in point form.

2. List your SEVEN points in full sentences, using no more than 70 words.

3. Number your sentences from 1-7.

4. Write only ONE point per sentence.

5. Use your Own words as far as possible

6. Indicate the total number of words your have used in brackets at the end of your summary.


Resources to assist with Summary Writing:

  1. https://youtu.be/AEwmts9MqGs
  2. https://youtu.be/dJjSmTwfaXY
  3. https://youtu.be/LbO3lRXT0ww
  4. https://youtu.be/x9uS8M2QziU




1. How to write a summary:


2. Text Analysis: How to Analyze a text:


3. How to identify the main idea in a text:


4. How to Paraphrase:





The following steps and resources will assist you with your summary:


Step 1: Read and Analyze the summary

(Refer to resource 2)


You should read the article more than once to make sure you’ve thoroughly understood it. It’s often effective to read in three stages:

  • Scan the article quickly to get a sense of its topic and overall shape.
  • Read the article carefully, highlighting important points and taking notes as you read.
  • Skim the article again to confirm you’ve understood the key points, and reread any particularly important or difficult passages.


Step 2: Identify Important key points

(Refer to resource 3)


  • What does your reader need to know to understand the overall argument or conclusion of the article?
  • Keep in mind that a summary does not involve paraphrasing every single paragraph of the article. Your goal is to extract the essential points, leaving out anything that can be considered background information or supplementary detail.
  • Pay particular attention to the thesis statement—the central claim that the author wants us to accept, which usually appears in the introduction—and the topic sentences that signal the main idea of each paragraph.


Step 3: Paraphrase - Write your summary

(Refer to resource 4) 


  • Now that you know the key points that the article aims to communicate, you need to put them in your own words.
  • To avoid plagiarism and show you’ve understood the article, it’s essential to properly paraphrase the author’s ideas. Do not copy and paste parts of the article, not even just a sentence or two.
  • The best way to do this is to put the article aside and write out your own understanding of the author’s key points.


Step 4: Compare Summaries


Finally, read through the article once more to ensure that:

  • You’ve accurately represented the author’s work
  • You haven’t missed any essential information
  • The phrasing is not too similar to any sentences in the original.



The summary writing task will be assessed as per the marking criteria attached below:





At the end of this lesson learners will be able to:

  • Define summarizing and list main components.
  • Apply strategies for summarizing.
  • Distinguish between relevant and irrelevant facts.
Teacher Page



Name: Tanweer Brenner

Student Number: 220056633

Email Address: 220056633@mycput.ac.za