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Writing an Article Summary. Article Summaries are due on Fridays. Where can you find science articles?. Magazines Newspapers Internet The topic must be science, and related to this class. A Science Article Summary. Is thoughtful Summarizes the article’s content

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writing an article summary

Writing an Article Summary

Article Summaries are due on Fridays.

where can you find science articles
Where can you find science articles?
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Internet

The topic must be science, and related to this class.

a science article summary
A Science Article Summary
  • Is thoughtful
  • Summarizes the article’s content
  • Discusses the article’s effectiveness
  • Your points are supported by quotes.
  • 1.5 typed pages, double spaced.
  • Bibliographical Information
  • Tell the purpose of the article
  • Summarize the content
  • Identify the writer’s strategy
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the article (accuracy, clarity, organization)
    • Use a quote from the article to support your point(s).
  • What was your reaction to this article?
bibliographical information
Bibliographical information
  • Author (s)
  • Article title
  • Magazine/newspaper/web title
  • Date
purpose of the article
Purpose of the Article
  • Why was this article written?
    • A report on science research
    • A news story - informational
    • An explanation of an idea or concept
    • A warning
    • Persuasive or presents an argument
    • Instructional - How to do something
    • Entertainment
    • Combined purpose
summarize the content
Summarize the content
  • Is there a hypothesis, procedure and conclusions? Identify each one
  • Does the writer have a point to make? What is it?
  • It it a news story? What’s up?
identify the writer s strategy




Comparison and Contrast


Describes of a Process


Cause/Effect Analysis

Identify the writer’s strategy

How did the writer achieving their purpose?

evaluate effectiveness
Evaluate effectiveness
  • How does the writer do on…
    • Accuracy?
    • Clarity?
    • Organization?
    • Strengths or weaknesses?
  • Is the article…
    • Factual?
    • Logical?
    • Objective?
    • Confrontational?
    • Exaggeration?
what is your reaction
What is your reaction?

Did you learn something?

Did you find it interesting?

Do you believe it?

Were you surprised?

Did you discuss it with friends?


  • Articles are due on Fridays
  • Due during the class period
  • 1.5 pages, double spaced
  • Correct grammar and spelling
  • Variety of vocabulary