Writing a Summary – 5 EASY steps for kids!

Quick grammar tips 2 2026

Writing a summary like a pro!

In this video, I give you 5 easy steps for writing a summary:

1. Do a quick read of the passage, taking note of the story content as you do this. Understand what the story is about.

2. Read the passage again, highlighting ONLY the main points in each paragraph and the main characters. Minor details and explanations should be left out of summary writing. It might be a good idea to highlight the main characters in a different color from the main points of the passage. Less confusing.

3. Take note of the what, when, where, and who of the passage.

4. Write out your summary based on these notes.

5. Check your summary, make changes as needed and if there is a word count, check you are within the word limit

If there is a word count, then you must not go over that at all. It’s best if the word count for the summary is as close to as possible to the maximum number of words given. This will mean your summary content is accurate. Eg: Word count is 120 words. Your summary should not exceed this or fall way short. Best is to have a summary of around 115 to 118 words.

Summary exercise courtesy of TKPS, based on The Witches by Roald Dahl

When? (When did this scene take place?) – On the first morning after the author’s arrival.

Where? (Where did this take place?) – At the hotel

Who? (Who were the characters?) – The author, chambermaid, Mr Stringer and Grandma

What? (What happens in each paragraph of the passage?) :

Beginning – On the first day, the chambermaid saw one of my mice in my hotel room and shrieked loudly.

Middle – I was reported to Mr Stringer, the hotel manager. There was an unpleasant scene with Mr Stringer, Grandma and me.

End – Mr Stringer would not allow mice in the hotel. Grandma said the hotel was full of rats. Mr Stringer said that there were no rats in the hotel but Grandma said that she saw one that morning.

The full summary as written:

On the first day, the chambermaid saw one of my mice in my hotel room and shrieked loudly. I was reported to Mr Stringer, the hotel manager. There was an unpleasant scene with Mr Stringer, Grandma and me. Mr Stringer would not allow mice in the hotel. Grandma said the hotel was full of rats anyway. Mr Stringer said that there were no rats in the hotel but Grandma said that she saw one that morning.

Word count : 75 words

Total number of words in the passage – 158

 

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2 Comments

  1. Ajeemuzhan 5 January, 2014 at 10:30 pm -  Reply

    thank u it was vry helpful for my exams

    • manoj 6 January, 2014 at 5:04 pm -  Reply

      Great!

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