Summarising requires readers to identify the main events (separating out the subsidiary information), understand the relationship between these events and then express this information in their own words. A reader who can accurately summarise a text is demonstrating a high level of understanding.

Being able to summarise a text in one sentence helps develop several skills because you need to:

  • Determine the main idea.
  • Identify the key subject or protagonist.
  • Determine the key supporting detail.
  • Write the above information concisely in your own words.