(3 pages min)
The first part of the paper will summarize the key points of the reading.
The second half is the response part.
It is a paper that summarizes the key points and ideas in the reading. Your paper should layout the specifics of the reading. No bullet points, please. Don't be lazy. Don't tell me facts or minor details from the reading. Want to know what I'm looking for with these summary/response papers? Read below:
When summarizing, follow the guidelines listed below:
1. Identify the main points of the passage. In some paragraphs, the main idea is expressed in the topic sentence, yet in others, it may not be explicitly stated at all. Additionally, a passage may contain one or more points that are vital to its meaning. These elements must be mentioned in your summary.
2. Organize and present these main points in a coherent way. Be careful not to use the author's words or to follow the sentence structure of the original passage. THIS MEANS: NO QUOTES FROM THE TEXT!!!
3. Make sure that you are faithful to the meaning of the source and that you have accurately represented the main ideas.
4. Again: NO quotes from the author. I only want your words!
The second half of the paper is the 'response' part. In this part of the paper you will reflect on the key ideas in the text and you will respond to them. Don't go off on tangents. Address the authors points by providing meaningful, reasoned insights. What exactly is the author saying? What comments can you make or what questions are raised by engaging with the content? Don't be lazy. Spend time with the response section of your paper. Show me that you are thinking deeply about the text and that you want to provide intelligent commentary on it.