Critical Argument Summary Directions
The Critical Argument Summary gives you the opportunity to start formally interacting with some of the literary criticism on your author, work, and/or topic, as well as giving you the opportunity to practice your quoting, summarizing, and paraphrasing skills.For this assignment, you will locate one scholarly article on your proposed topic and summarize the article.As you summarize, relate the article back to your own topic and argument.Follow these instructions carefully:
-The article you use should be accessed through the GMC library.Open-web sources, such as Wikipedia, Sparknotes, or other websites, are not permitted.
-To find your article online, access the GMC library website.Search “Databases by Subject” and choose “Literature” as your subject.Any of the databases you choose from there should have articles related to your topic.Remember to use advanced searches so that you can choose options such as “Full-text only,” which will allow you to access full-length articles from your computer.Note that book sources can be used on the paper, but for this assignment, you should find a short article so that you can appropriately summarize it in a short paper.
-Once you have located a source, summarize the argument made by the author of the source as it pertains to the author you are writing about and/or a literary work you will be analyzing.Use quotes as examples, and summarize or paraphrase important passages.
-You should introduce your source and the part of their argument which pertains to the thesis of your Research Paper. Then, engage with their ideas. Explain whether or not you agree or disagree with their points. This exercise will provide you with a lot of relevant material to use as you compose your Research Paper, as well as your Annotated Bibliography.
-Your Critical Argument Summary should be at least 700 words.Include a Works Cited that lists full, MLA-formatted information for the article.
-The general rubric for the Critical Article Summary is provided below:
Located an Appropriate, Scholarly Article
Thorough Article Summary (includes quoting, summarizing, and paraphrasing)
Relates Article to Chosen Topic
MLA Formatting for Citations and Works Cited
Spelling, Grammar, and Punctuation