Find an interesting video that is 2 minutes or longer. If you do not find one on this page, scroll to the bottom of the page or go to the menu tab on the right and select “Latest News,” “Must Watch Videos,” or “Digital Studio” to see more videos. You may look under any other area on the CNN website. Look for an arrow with a circle around it indicating that the story is a video.
Find a video with people talking. Some videos are just that, videos with little speaking, but they are not suitable for summarizing in this class.
Listen to the story and take notes - focus on understanding the main idea.
If a story is too hard:
Try another story.
Try to find written articles or other videos about the same story even if they are in your own language.
Ask another person to discuss the story with you. This does not mean having the other person translate the whole story for you. Instead, tell the person what you think it means first and then ask for his or her opinions. Discuss the meanings of words and phrases with the other person.
Talk with your teacher about the story.
Pick out the main ideas of the story. Decide which information is just details and can be left out.
Shorten the story to just a few sentences. Most CNN stories can easily be summarized in three to ten sentences.
Organize the information in a logical order (chronological, compare & contrast, order of importance)
Write the summary in paragraph form. Don’t just make a list or an outline.
Start the summary with the title of the report, the reporter’s name and the link to the story.Sometimes a reporter’s name is not given. In that case, give credit to the station that originated the story. (In “Cat Saves Life, Thwarts Dog Attack”, CNN repeats a KHOU story about Cherry Woods, who was mauled by pit bulls….)
Use phrases such as first, second, ‘then,’ ‘next,’ ‘after that,’ ‘therefore,’ and ‘due to’ to tie the ideas together. Avoid just sticking sentences together without such transitional devices.
Retell the story in your own words. Do not copy words or phrases if you can avoid doing so. You will need to use some specialized words from the stories that cannot easily be restated another way. (‘Cat,’ ‘bake sale,’ ‘rappel,’ and ‘sticky notes’ are examples of words that you cannot easily change.) But most words and phrases you must say your own way using your own words, no matter how much better you think the original words are. (Woods’ husband said that the dogs “hit her high in the left thigh and took her down.” Yes this shows vividly what happened, but you don’t need so much detail. You need to change it to something like, “the dogs bit her in the leg and knocked her down.”)
Remember, you must include a valid and specific link to the story and the original title. I will only grade summaries for videos that I can find and watch.
Here some examples of an acceptable news stories from varying sources:
“Discovering Deep Sea ‘Aliens’” http://www.cnn.com/videos/tv/2015/05/13/new-explorers-deep-sea-edd-brooks-cape-eleuthera-institute-isopods-sharks-orig-cfb.cnn
“A Case of Foul Play at FIFA” http://america.aljazeera.com/watch/shows/inside-story/2015/6/a-case-of-foul-play-at-fifa.html
“Anxious About China, Asian Nations Buy More U.S. Military Hardware” http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2015/06/09/413121259/anxious-about-china-asian-nations-buy-more-u-s-military-hardware
“Human Rights Watch calls on Bangladesh to end 'epidemic' of child marriage” http://america.aljazeera.com/watch/shows/live-news/2015/6/human-rights-watch-calls-on-bangladesh-to-end-epidemic-of-child-marriage.html