summary response essay

Summary/Response Essay
Assignment Description
For this essay, you should read the articles from the Summary/Response folder under Readings and choose one to respond to in a formal essay. The summary/response essay asks you first to summarize the main points of the article and then to respond to those points by agreeing, disagreeing, or agreeing with some but not all of the arguments made in the article. You should include evidence to support your response.
Due Dates
Please refer to the assignment calendar for working draft, peer review and final draft due dates.
Purpose and Learning Objectives
The purpose of writing a response paper is to encourage you to read actively and to evaluate the selected articles critically. While it is possible to read an article just once and gain an understanding of the main idea, much of the depth and nuance of the article will only be discovered after multiple readings.  Moreover, your grasp of the ideas and concepts presented in the article will remain superficial until you apply those ideas and concepts in your own writing. As you write, you should practice making clear claims about the material you’re writing about and should practice supporting those claims with evidence from the text and from your own reasoning about the subject.
Minimum Requirements

600      – 900 words  (approx. 2-3 pages)
An      interesting and informative title
MLA      format with in-text citations and works cited page
An      introductory paragraph that tells readers what article you are responding      to and that includes a thesis statement
One      or more paragraphs that summarize the article
One      or more paragraphs that respond to the article
A      conclusion paragraph that wraps up the main ideas in the essay

Process for Completion

The      first step in writing a good response paper is to actively read the      article assigned. Active reading means consciously identifying the      thesis, purpose, audience, and tone.  
Next,      it might help to construct an outline or graphic organizer that will help      you visualize the claims and the evidence supporting those claims. Once      you have a firm understanding of the article, start formulating your      response by asking questions:

Do I disagree with a point being made?
Can I think of additional examples or evidence that       support or refute the author’s claims?
What are other people saying about this topic? 
Can I connect something in the article to my own       personal experience?
Can I apply the ideas presented in the article to some       other subject?  
Once      you have an idea of what you want to say, start drafting your essay. A      response should begin with a summary of the article that you’ve      chosen. Be sure to accurately represent the ideas and arguments from      the source. Next, you will begin your response, usually with a statement      of agreement or disagreement, followed by your reasons, examples, and      evidence. Remember that the purpose of a critical response paper is to add      your own voice to the mix, to join the conversation.  I want to      read your reactions, your interpretations, and your opinions.      Take this opportunity to develop your own voice.
After      you have read the feedback provided by your peers and the instructor on      Workshop day, begin revising and editing your draft.  You might find      that some comments are more helpful than others. You are not obliged to      take anyone’s advice, but you should at least consider every suggestion.      When you are comfortable that the essay is in good shape, upload it via      the link provided for the final draft of essay # 1. The final draft will      automatically be sent through “Safe Assign,” which is an      originality checker used to help identify plagiarism.

Plagiarism is using someone else’s words or ideas without giving credit and is a serious academic offense.  It can range from:
•    Turning in a paper any part of which you did not write,
•    Cutting and pasting a paper together from various sources without attributing the sources correctly,
•    Changing a few words but basically keeping most of the words and sentence structure of the original,
•    Using the ideas of another without giving credit to the person who originally had the idea.
•    Using the exact words of the source without using quotation marks even if you give the name of the source.
Refer to the syllabus for consequences of plagiarism in this class. For more information, see
Grading and Rubric
Your instructor will be using the following general criteria to grade the essay.
First, have you understood your chosen article?  You can demonstrate this by accurately summarizing or paraphrasing the main ideas of the article somewhere near the beginning of your essay.  
Second, have you provided your own ideas and opinions?  Academic writing is based on making arguments. In this essay you should take a clear stance (referred to as a thesis, claim or main idea) and support that stance with reasons and evidence. You can approach your response in three ways:
1.   Agree
2.   Disagree
3.   Agree with part but not with all
It is important that you have a clear thesis to guide your response and to help your reader follow along. In this particular assignment, your thesis may be used to signal the end of your summary and the beginning of your response.
Third, have you woven important quotations into your response?  I want to see that you can identify and quote important ideas in the source text. I also want to see that you can properly introduce and contextualize these quotations as described in the PowerPoint presentation about Summarizing.
Finally, have you properly identified your sources? Any time you paraphrase, summarize or quote, you need an in-text citation with a corresponding works cited entry. You should follow MLA format in making these citations. For this essay you might have only a single source on your works cited page (your chosen article); that’s fine. If you include other sources (which is usually a good idea) then those will also be included.
Submission Protocol
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