DAILY: In what ways do you think you already summarize and respond to information on a daily basis?
What are elements of a good summary? (list)
What are elements of a good response? (list)
- author's full name and credentials
- name of article, book, etc.
- author tags (Brown claims that...)
- no personal opinion
- try to avoid misleading or slanted language
- summaries are short!
- include main points only in the order in which they appear UNLESS you wish to focus on a particular section, THEN you summarize that section in greater detail and give very perfunctory info about the rest of the article
USING YOUR OWN EXPERIENCE AS AN EXAMPLE
- first determine strategy (agree/disagree, interpret and reflect, analyze the effectiveness of the argument)
- have a thesis at the end of your summary or at the beginning of the response (it doesn't matter which)
- have a focused claim: "I agree with Shen that American discourse reflects American culture because..." OR "Shen's retelling of his difficulties reminds me of how hard it was for me to adjust to American culture at first; however, I think I was more successful more quickly because..." OR "Shen has some valuable arguments, but his organization of the essay into sections distracted me from his narrative, thus making his points less effective."
- include plenty of reasons/examples to explain why you feel the way you do -- DON'T SHY AWAY FROM
HOME WORK: read "Discrimination at Large" by Jennifer Coleman; write a one page, typed, double-spaced response
- the response is longer than the summary (think 1/3 summary, 2/3 response)
- refer back to the author, but keep it clear what is your opinion and what is the author's