Summaries are descriptions of something that you want to show or tell a reader about: the plot of a novel, the contents of an album, the events in a performance, etc.
To do them well, you have to decide:
—what context is important for your specific reader—who is the audience for the publication?
—how to find the most relevant information given that context
—how to ask questions you need answered
—how to listen to the answers
—how to write up the information you have in a lively, concise, informative way
what context do you need to best describe an Oberlin student for a New York Times feature about liberal arts majors seeking to become arts journalists?
what questions should you ask?
what other information should you provide in addition to the answers to your questions?
Oberlin student body–how big/who gets in
why they chose Oberlin
what tools at Oberlin are helping them realize their dream
if they chose Oberlin knowing they wanted to be an arts journalist
where they are from
are they writing for any publications
why do they want to be an arts journalist
internships they might have
how oberlin has helped them find internships
if anyone has helped them along