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Working with Other Texts: Summarizing, Paraphrasing & Quoting; Following Academic Writing Conventions (40 points)
Accurately summarizing the main ideas and arguments of another text; providing sufficient summary of this text so that a reader can fully understand its major ideas and arguments; accurately paraphrasing the writer’s ideas or arguments; using quotes from this text to show or illustrate your understanding of the text’s ideas, and using them in a way that’s conventional and grammatical (proper citations & page numbers). Establishing a clear point of comparison between the two texts based on their main ideas and arguments (not the writers’ life circumstances). Generally showing readers what this text is about in an accurate and thorough way. Following the conventions of academic writing like introducing writer and text formally, use of writer’s last name vs. first, and discussing another text in present tense vs. past tense,
avoiding the use of “I” and “you.”
Language, Grammar, Punctuation & Mechanics (40 points)
Making sure language, usage and grammar are appropriate to the writing situation, subject & purpose (level of diction & formality, use of non-standard forms, alternate spellings); making sure sentence structure, phrasing, word choices/forms, spelling and punctuation don’t impede the reading process or cause misunderstanding; avoiding common errors like comma splices, fused sentences and fragments; using language with clarity and precision—and hopefully, style and grace. Sufficiently
rephrasing/paraphrasing another writer’s language.
Responding to Another Text and Its Ideas (10 points)
Showing your understanding of another text in responding to its ideas, or in agreeing or disagreeing; offering relevant illustration, detail, and narration; using relevant personal narrative in ways that support and illustrate the theme, idea or topic, and so that readers can follow without confusion of time, place or people. In arguing, providing an arguable claim, and offering logical, precise and sufficient support and evidence. Making sure your arguments accurately portray the other text’s ideas.