Critical Summary

Writing 1000/Lima Fall 2020


Type: Individual

Due: on Moodle        

Weight:  10%

Length: Min. 300 – Max. 500 words

Objective: Summary writing is crucial to academic reading and writing. Summaries allow writers to demonstrate their comprehension of the subject and their understanding of the hierarchy of ideas within the text.  Summaries also allow writers to attribute statements, characterize the original source, and describe the development of the discussion.

Instructions:  Summarize ONE of the articles about Conspiracy Theory on Moodle- Course Assignments.

To be successful with this assignment, you will need to apply strategies of summarizing accurately, as discussed in class.

  • Identify the most important idea (the thesis or the main argument of the article) and the other prestige abstractions and present them as concisely as possible in your own words. You have roughly two pages for this assignment. Conserve the ideas of the original article but present them in a more manageable form. Sum up the work in your own words. Your points will not necessarily be in the same order as the original.
  • Include an introduction that indicates the main idea of the article, the author(s), the title of the work, and the source.
  • Restate the writer’s original ideas in your own words in a more concise form.
  • Critically comment and evaluate the article: inspect the evidence, writer’s viewpoint, bias, ‘Big Issue’, assumptions, and argument connections (Roe & den Ouden, p.65).
  • Logically connect your ideas. Your overall order and the relationships between paragraphs should be obvious. You should have one clear idea per paragraph.
  • Include some selected salient detail. Carefully chosen supporting examples help to illustrate arguments.
  • Include a few significant quotations to capture the tone of the work. These quotations must be contained within quotation marks, employ varied and appropriate reporting expressions (Peters, p.p. 403-405), and be cited both in the body of the text and the source referenced in the bibliographic information. However, the majority of your work must be summary or paraphrase.
  • Include a conclusion that echoes the larger research perspective raised by the author(s) in the original essay.
  • Format your assignment correctly: double-spaced, following proper APA citation documentation, and free of all grammatical and punctuation errors.

Critical-Summary Rubric


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