Summary is a natural place to start any writing activity that involves reading other texts. Summary is often used as a prewriting step to clarify the author’s actual message and purpose. Often this involves active reading, highlighting passages, annotating in the margins, and rereading. It’s very difficult to use someone else’s words and ideas when you aren’t certain what is really going on in the text.
For this assignment, you are asked to compose an effective summary of the Frederick Douglass essay, “Escape from Slavery.” To help you compose an effective summary, please review the linked document “How to Write a Summary.” Also, be sure to refer to the active reading strategies you reviewed and practiced in Module 1.
Concepts to keep in mind when writing a successful summary: