1. Name It/Verb It/Main Idea - this is how to write your topic sentence.
Name the article, tell what it does (describes, explains, compares, etc.) then state the main idea of the article/reading passage.
2. Outline the topic, important facts and supporting details.
T = topic (main idea)
3. Write a concluding sentence that restates the topic sentence (use synonyms).
Now, put it all together to write your summary.
Remember: Don't copy the article word for word. Don't add extra information that you know from watching the Discovery Channel. Only write about what was in the article.