This assignment gives you the opportunity not
only to show that you understand source material but also to express what you
think about the ideas it includes. The audience for this summary-response
comprises your classmates and me, but it is always helpful when writing a
summary-response to think of readers that may not have read the original text.
By imagining an uninformed reader, you will be sure to include sufficient
information in your summary. You may respond to the source text in a variety of
ways. In class, we discussed using personal experiences and reactions;
evaluating the currency, thoroughness, and reliability of the sources; and
examining the internal logic of the source. You may incorporate other sources
as part of your response. For this assignment, you will be summarizing and
responding to “The Feminist
Agenda of Vampire Slaying” from the coursepack
Begin your essay with a summary of the source
text. Provide a general idea of what the source is about and the points you
intend to address in your response. Avoid including any extraneous material.
The summary should be no longer than a page; it may be briefer. Place your
thesis statement at the end of the summary or at the beginning of the response.
After reading your thesis statement, your audience should be able to predict
the form and content of the rest of your essay. Your response should be one to
two pages in length. It should include reasons and details that support your
thesis statement. In your conclusion, tie together the main points of your
essay, relate them to the thesis, and discuss any implications of your
conclusion. Works CitedInclude a works cited entry, on a separate page, for any
source you use.
Staple the following to the back of your paper,
in the order specified: o Previous drafts and peer-review sheets o Preparatory
work (function statements) o This assignment sheet Grading Criteria: Your paper
will be graded according to the criteria on the following page. Plagiarism will
result in a failing grade for the paper and perhaps for the course as well.
___ The summary refers to the author and title
of the source.___ The summary refers to the main idea, question, or problem
discussed.___ The source is summarized responsibly and purposefully.
RESPONSE: THESIS AND CONCLUSION
___ The thesis statement responds to the
material summarized and serves as a governing idea for the rest of the
paper.___ The conclusion ties together main points and relates them to the
thesis. When appropriate, implications of the conclusion are also discussed.
RESPONSE: KEY POINTS AND CONVINCING DETAILS
___ Key points are presented logically. (Be sure
to make every step of your reasoning clear.)___ Key points are supported by convincing
COMPLETENESS AND FORMATTING
___ Source material is cited according to MLA
guidelines. ___ A works-cited entry is provided.___ The paper is formatted
according to MLA guidelines.___ Submission requirements are met.___ A
peer-review has been completed.
EDITING AND PROOFREADING
___ The writing employs words and sentence
structures appropriate to the demands of the rhetorical situation. ___ The
essay is coherent and unified.___ The essay is free of proofreading errors.
Review the following chapters in
pronoun reference (5d)
quotation marks (18)
verb form or tense(4a-c)
relating sent. parts(7d)
TOTAL: Because this assignment is worth 150
points, the raw score is multiplied by three.
NO. PAGES -2 WORDS 550 (APPROX)