AFRS 100B: Summary Assignment Fall 2019
Summary – A condensed version of an original text.
As your first formal essay, the Summary Assignment will highlight your ability to connect to a text by identifying and summarizing claims made by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in his “I Have a Dream” speech. Although you will model the organization and structure of the speech, you will use your own terms and employ your own voice to articulate the speech’s claims and supporting evidence.
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Your charge is to write a brief one-page, single-spaced summary, restating the main ideas of the speech. A copy of the speech can be accessed in Call and Response: Key Debates in African American Studies.
The aim of this assignment is to thoroughly comprehend a text and to translate the essential meaning of the text into terms accessible to others.
In your introduction, identify the author, subject, audience, and purpose.
- Identify the main claims in the text and restate them near the start of your summary.
- Paraphrase the supporting points, examples, and details; use a thesaurus to find synonyms for key words.
- Condense the original text, keeping your writing within one single-spaced page.
- Be “objective” rather than “critical” – try to narrow down the original, without adding editorial comments.
- Use verbs that capture the author’s argument and analysis.
This essay should be formatted in MLA style, i.e., typed, *single-spaced, 1 page in length, with one-inch margins.
The first draft of this assignment is due Wednesday, 09/04/19 at the beginning of class. Please bring a typed copy of your draft to class and post a copy to the Dropbox on Beachboard prior to the start of class. This draft should be approximately ¾ page in length.
The final draft of this assignment is due Monday, 09/09/19 at the beginning of class. Please bring a typed copy of your draft to class and post a copy to the Dropbox on Beachboard prior to the start of class. This draft should be 1 full page in length.