Summaries

For your first formal piece of writing, I’d like you to choose one of the articles we read last week (Dante’s “The Shadow Scholar” or Goldsmith’s “Uncreative Writing”) and summarize it three times:

  • As though you were addressing a dean or department chair at TRU
  • As though you were addressing your 13-year-old brother, sister or cousin
  • For the general public, in 140 characters or fewer (including hyperlinks, if you want), as in a tweet

The first two summaries should each be between 100 and 200 words. Your main objective is to allow someone who hasn’t read the original article to get the “gist” or “talking points.” So, make sure you tell us: Who is the author? (Don’t just paraphrase the by-line. What details about the author’s work or background will be most important for this person to understand his position?) How does the author characterize the world and himself? What are the problems the author perceives, and what solutions or improvements does he propose?

You might imagine that you have a secondary motive for discussing the article (maybe you’re trying to warn your sibling about something), but that’s less important right now than recounting the original ideas accurately and concisely.

Include a Works Cited list following the MLA guidelines for articles published on the web. The list will only have one entry.

Consult Designs for Disciplines, pages 65-74, for guidelines on writing summaries.

Due by midnight on Friday, May 8, on Moodle.

Scoring
Each paragraph-length summary = 2 points for content + 2 for style, grammar, and organization
Tweet = 1 point for content, 1 for grammar and correct length