Saturday, January 14, 2006
Washington Post movie reviews are a great example of how to create a summary from a longer piece. The Post offers both full and summarized movie reviews. The summaries are beautiful examples of taking the topic sentences from the full reviews and turning them into a summary--and thus a beautiful example of how the topic sentences of a full discussion should express clearly and in a well-organized fashion the core ideas of the discussion.
The review of "Hoodwinked" by Stephen Hunter is an excellent example. It can be found at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/01/12/AR2006011202117.html (the full article) and http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?node=cityguide/profile&id=1114186&lat=200.0&lon=200.0&displaySearchLocation=&nm=1&categories=Movies&referrer=email&referrer=email&referrer=email
(the summary). Do be aware that you may need to create a user profile to access these materials.