How to identify points in summary


Secondary 2 English: How to identify points in summary

Like most language components, knowing the correct techniques to help you answer your questions accurately is essential. In this post, Teacher Rachael, one of our secondary school teachers, has prepared a short video, along with a worksheet, to help lower secondary students in the summary writing component.

If you find this post beneficial, do drop by our e-learning page to explore Teacher Rachael’s Summary Writing Video series on paraphrasing for lower secondary students (link below).

Most of you might rush through this first phase in the Summary question, marking out points on your text without a second thought.

Hardly might you pause to consider if:

  • the point really addresses the question;
  • whether it is an example or illustration of a main point; or
  • if it is a variation (rephrasing) of another idea that you have already identified.

This could be because you are running short on time, or you want to spend more time paraphrasing the points. May I urge you not to take this first phase of identifying relevant points lightly, because it is not as straightforward as it seems.


Summary writing exercise

Try out this Summary question [1].

  1. Read the passage.

  2. Read and answer the Summary question. You should at least identify all 8-10 points and mark them out on the text, before watching the video.

This should take you no more than 15 minutes.

[1] Source: Ahmad Ibrahim Secondary School
2017 EL Paper 2 Section C

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