The purpose of the following assignment is to
effectively summarize and attribute information from a source.
Use the library databases to retrieve an article from
the Course Theme Reading List on the topic you selected last week. If you
are considering a new topic, confirm your choice with your professor. Once
you retrieve the article, print it or save a local copy of the full text
article to your hard drive so that you can refer to the contents of the
Read the source carefully, noting the thesis, topic
sentences, headings, supporting details, and conclusion. To become more
skilled at summary and paraphrase, you will practice writing summaries of
different lengths on the same assigned source.
For each part of the assignment, follow the
instructions provided. When you are finished, save the document as
<your last name.Wk2 Summary Assignment> and submit it to the Dropbox
by the end of the week.
Source Summary Prewriting
specific information as it pertains to your chosen source below.
Theme: (Choose: Education, Technology,
Family, Health and Wellness.)
Topic: (Choose one of the Course Project topics listed under
the column for each theme.)
Title: (List the title and what the title tells you about the
point of view of the author.)
Intended audience: (Based on
what you can tell about the publication, who do you think is the intended
Writer background: (What kind
of authority does the author have to write on the topic?)
Writer’s angle: (Write one to
two sentences on whether the topic presents an arguable claim. Is there more
than one side?)
Part 1: The one-sentence summary
In your own words and in just one
sentence, summarize the overall main point of the source.
Frame your summary
using a signal phrase. See Chapter 26, pp. 496–500 for examples. The signal
phrase indicates to a reader that you are preparing to introduce source
Part 2: The one-paragraph summary
Using the same source, write a full-paragraph summary in your own words.
In this version, state the main point but also key supporting points that are
used in the source material. Use a signal phrase to present the source. In the
paragraph, you can emphasize a key point that the author makes. You can also
rephrase the main point of the source material in simpler terms. Do not add
your opinion or reactions.
Part 3: The multiple-paragraph summary
Using the same
source, in your own words write two to
three paragraphs to state the main point and supporting points. In this
version, you may use selective quoting, additional paraphrase, and in-text
citations for any quoted material. Note the way the source material is
organized for ideas on how to divide the paragraphs of your summary. Do not add
your opinions or reactions.
Part 4: Your reaction
In this section, provide your positive
or critical reader reaction to your source. The purpose is to respond directly
to the published issue, story, or opinion. Your reactions should be specific,
precise, and well-supported. State your purpose, which is typically to agree,
disagree, analyze, interpret, or clarify an idea in the original (i.e., “I
agree with [topic/issue/author] because…” OR “I do not agree with [topic/issue/author]
because…”). Avoid errors in logic and monitor your tone to avoid seeming biased
in your presentation of the information.
Use the bullets below as considerations
to further develop your reaction section:
Is the author
persuasive in arguing the main point?
How does the
publication meet the needs of the intended audience?
Do you trust the
author(s)? Why or why not?
statements of fact and specific examples? Are these persuasive?
Do you detect any
appeal to your emotions such as fear, anger, or contentment?
How is the
document designed? Does it use headings? Does it use graphics? Are these
Part 5: References
Type the APA Reference
information for your source at the end of your assignment. Refer to the APA
formatting information in the syllabus and resources in Doc Sharing. Points
will be deducted for APA formatting this week because the Reference citation
already models correct APA citation format for you.
The attachment below is the article to be used to answer the above questions