Summary Writing


Commentary: These are samples of story summaries written by students.  They are similar to the non-fiction summaries we wrote earlier in the year.  Note the student includes primary information from each story in a concise, precise, and proportional manner.

 

Descriptive: "Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow" by Kurt Vonnegut is about a family living in a future after a veritable fountain of youth has been discovered and how this has wrecked the world.

Informative: "Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow" by Kurt Vonnegut is about a family living in a future after a veritable fountain of youth, called anti-gerasone has been discovered.  Because of the anti-gerasone, the world is obscenely overpopulated and almost entirely without unused resources.  So the members of this family must wait for their grandfather, or father, to die before they can have any real possessions or privacy.  Several of the characters attempt to hasten the death of their grandfather by diluting his dosage of anti-gerasone; however this is to no avail and they are all imprisoned.

Descriptive: "Just Lather, That's All" by Hernando Tellez is about a barber who finds himself with the opportunity to kill a hated executioner, but who cannot bring himself to commit murder.

Informative: "Just Lather, That's All" by Hernando Tellez is about a barber who finds himself with the opportunity to kill a hated executioner.  This man has killed many people who shared the same beliefs of the barber, and he did so in a disgusting and inhumane fashion.  However, the barber realizes the impracticality of slitting the man's throat because he has no means to get away with his crime.  Furthermore, he lacks the willingness to commit murder, and so he simply gives the man a shave.