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Summary Writing

Directions

Consider what you’ve done up to this point in this Composition II course.  You’ve completed some study of synthesis and summary, completed the Research Process assignment, and decided on a researchable topic following the semester theme.  So, it’s time to apply what you’ve learned in order to practice “completing college level research tasks” and a little “information literacy.” Consider the following:

Find a substantive article using a relevant search method on your research topic and write a summary of the article that aims at accuracy and broad understanding of the topic based on the reading. Consider that this article might play a role as research for your topic, so choose wisely. This summary should be written for an audience who may not be familiar with the article or even the subject but who’s interested.

1. If a persuasive article: In this summary, you should express the author or authors’ position and identify and describe the author or authors’ method of supporting that position. You should use a balance of grammatically correct quotation and paraphrase. You should also be precise about the author or authors’ use of evidence and appeals and method of organization and structuring. Note that this first paper will provide you with one of your sources for your research paper (or a potential source).

2. If a substantive informative article: In this summary, you should express the author or authors’ main point or theme and identify and describe the author or authors’ method of reportage/demonstration. You should use a balance of grammatically correct quotation and paraphrase as support or illustration. You should also be precise about the author or authors’ use of information (evidence) and method of organization/structuring. Note that this first paper will provide you with one of your contextual sources for Research Paper 1.

Requirements:

Form: MLA format, 1 Works Cited entry, stapled

Length: 600 words min.

Submission: In class

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