Framing Guide for Article Summaries

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If you are required to write a summary or reflection paper for an article, journal, or other nonfiction text, this framing guide can help get you started. This is basically a "cheat" sheet to ensure that you've included the basic elements. You may be required to include other information and this guide may not work for all publications and assignments.

journal1. The article " ___________________" by " ______________"

squarethe idea of ______
squarethe use of ______
squarethe importance of _____
squarethe reasons for ____
squarethe topic of ____

2. The circle author circle text circle webpage circle organization (find something significant in the article)

circle states " ___________"
circle argues "__________"
circle explains "__________"
circle provides examples, such as "________"

3. This circle passage circle quote circle line (rephrase a quote or significant point)

circle describes ________________
circle emphasizes _____________
circle displays _____________
circle supports ____________
circle rejects ______________

4. The author provides

circle evidence
circle support
circle arguments

5. The text relates to circle me circle unit of study because

circle it furthers the understanding of _________
circle it allows the reader to ________
circle it encourages the reader to ______
circle it advances knowledge on the topic of ______

Science News Sources

Science News Online
Science Daily
New York Times - Science
Nature: Science Journals
BBC Science
Discover Magazine
Scientific American
Science Friday at NPR
Reuters Science

Open Source Journal Articles can be printed/downloaded from PLOS ONE

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Framing Guide for Article Summaries