Summary and response for an article






Summary / Reaction #3






Summarizing is a very important academic skill. It will help you become a more effective reader as it helps you remember what you have read. In addition, summaries and reactions play an important role in college writing. In essay examinations and papers, you demonstrate your understanding of material you have read by briefly summarizing its main ideas and explaining them in a condensed form. However, you often go beyond merely summarizing the material; you also respond to it. You analyze it, compare or contrast it with other material you’ve studied, agree or disagree with its ideas, or expand on them further.




Summary/Reaction Assignment #2:




Read “Addicted to Phones” article in the link


Write a one-paragraph summary of the article, followed by a two-page response, for a total of 2-3 pages, double-spaced, using MLA format.




Due Date: 3/27/2014




Grading Criteria:


The Summary…


includes an introductory sentence with the title of the article, and/or source; the author (if available); the thesis, or main idea.


includes an additional reference to the source with an appropriate reporting verb



the summary contains only the most important information (topic; main point/thesis; supporting points that explain the thesis).


paraphrases and quotes the author’s words properly and accurately (and does not copy the original writing)


The Reaction…


is subjective; you explain your opinion, perception, or insight about an idea or ideas in the article.


includes supporting information for your reaction: details, examples, etc.



varies in content: personal experience/ application/ agree-disagree/ opinion


The Writing…


is clear and comprehensible (easy to follow)



includes minimal grammatical mistakes



MLA format is used correctly and the S/R is 2-3 pages long





/ 20







How to write a summary:




1. Review “Summarizing” and “Paraphrasing” in Chapter 1 of Sourcework. Read the text of the article several times to make sure you understand it clearly.




2. Find the key words and main ideas in the text. Underline or highlight these sentences.




3. Write your own sentences that paraphrase the main points of the text. When you paraphrase, you use your own words and vary the grammatical structure of the author’s sentences.




4. Begin your summary with a reference to the author and the title of the article. For example,




     In “Wipeout: The Dangers of Workplace Websurfing”, Pachikara reports that many companies have set policies to monitor and control personal Internet use by employees.




5. Include one or more additional reporting verbs in your summary that refer back to the source.








Pachikara observes that …




Tunceren and Benson note that. . .




Remember, in a summary:


·         include only the main points, not the details

·         do not change the author’s ideas

·         do not include your own opinions

·         a summary is much shorter than the original text

·         do not copy exactly from the article, but you use your own words

·         write in the third person and include some reference to the source




How to write a reaction:


Choose two or more sentences from the text that you want to respond to.  For each sentence, do the following:




  1. Introduce the sentence (in quotations) with a signal phrase that identifies the author(s) by last name, and the page number of the text in parentheses.  Example:


Pachikara states, “In some corner of your mind, you probably know the company is there, watching you” (5).


2.   Explain in your own words what this means, to show that you understand the text. Example:




            Most people are aware that companies monitor what their employees do at work.




  1. Write your subjective responseto the sentence. This means you explain your opinion about the sentence or tell about what the author’s ideas mean to you. You should use your own ideas, not the author’s.  Also, use specific examples (supporting details) in your response.   




Your subjective response should include more than one of these approaches:




  • Personal Experience – Explain how something you have experienced (or someone you know has experienced) relates to, matches, or reminds you of the author’s idea(s).








  • Agree/Disagree – Write about whether you agree or disagree with the point the authormakes and explain why. Remember that you should not agree or disagree with facts. Agree or disagree with actions, attitudes, or opinions.






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