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Summary Writing

Directions

This assignment assumes that you’ve read and studied the Playing with Summary Writing chapter in the textbook and the Persuasive and Informative Texts: What’s the Difference chapter in the textbook.

Consider what you’ve done up to this point in this Composition II course. You’ve completed some study of summary writing, completed the Topics Assignment and other course readings, and decided on a debatable topic. 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 the author is writing about. Since you’re familiar with the Library Database, the EBSCO databases, and a little about Internet searching, you might find this article using those places. Consider that this article might play a role in a later paper, 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 using grammatically correct quotes and paraphrase.  You should also be precise about the author or authors’ use of evidence and appeals and any significant method of organization and structuring. Note that this first paper will provide you with one of your sources for your Final Project paper (or a potential source). The Map of Assignments for the Course (if an online course) will explain in general what this means.

2. If a substantive informative article: In this summary, you should express the author or authors’ main point, theme or purpose, 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 the Final Project.

Requirements:

Form: MLA 8 format, 1 Works Cited entry

Length: 600 words min.

Submission: In class

 

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