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First, figure out what it is you need to summarize. Then close read that passage/section/book, etc. Pay attention to the main points each section is discussing. If you are reading a book, take sometime after each chapter to briefly think about what that section was explaining. If you can, highlighting the main points is a great way to keep track of them, or jotting them down on a notebook or word document. If it's an article, do that for each like paragraph or passage. Each main point does not even have to be a full sentence. After you're done, go over the main point and write down the main points in a cohesive paragraph, paper, etc.

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You would be writing a few sentences, in paragraph form, regarding what happened in the passage you read. If you want to follow the paragraph format: Say what you are going to tell us (topic sentence), say it (body), and then tell us what you told us (final sentence).

Brainstorm by listing the ideas you want to cover first. It will make writing the paragraph easier.

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(If you're writing about a spider monkey for example) In conclusion the spider-monkey is a very complicated species of monkey.

You can use that to summarize a description.

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