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How to Write an Objective Summary

Objective summaries are written without emotion.

Throughout your academic career, you will be required to write summaries of this kind. There will be times in your personal life when you’ll need to use your objective writing skills.

We discussed graphic organizers in class today, which are included in today’s post. If you use these as a guide, writing objective summary paragraphs will become easy in the future.


Your first sentence in structured like this:

How to Write an Objective Summary

If you created a formula out of it, it would look like this…

Title/Author + Verb + Central Idea

 However, the key details are not explicit quotations with citations, but come straight from the text.

  • Paraphrase must be used.
  • You must use Writing Tools.
  • You must use transitions.

Using the example below, you can create a bulleted list of main points/events when collecting information.

You should identify the structure and purpose of the information in your passage or article as you read. Your consideration will lead you to choosing the best verb. You will use this verb at the beginning of your summary.

If a piece of writing uses multiple verbs, you must choose the most appropriate one for the sources you are summarizing.

We worked through the entire graphic organizer below today. Please copy it into your English spiral notebook. Use this when writing your Science Article Summaries in the future.

Sample Objective Summaries

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