The Secret Life of Walter Mitty | The New Yorker

While reading the original work, take note of what or who is the focus andask the usual questions that reporters use: Who? What? When? Where? Why?How? Using these questions to examine what you are reading can help you towrite the summary.

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Sometimes, the central idea of the piece is stated in the introduction orfirst paragraph, and the supporting ideas of this central idea are presented oneby one in the following paragraphs. Always read the introductory paragraphthoughtfully and look for a thesis statement. Finding the thesis statementis like finding a key to a locked door. Frequently, however, the thesis,or central idea, is implied or suggested. Thus, you will have to workharder to figure out what the author wants readers to understand. Use any hintsthat may shed light on the meaning of the piece: pay attention to the title andany headings and to the opening and closing lines of paragraphs.


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