For this summary your audience is a friend or family member. You may pick your audience or you can use this assigned one: your cousin Leticia is thinking of taking this course with me next semester…recommend or do not recommend this article to her as she is a possible student AND reads romance novels.
Remember to consider your VOICE and AUDIENCE, you can (and should) use ethos and pathos in your summary and give your opinion.
You will be writing a summary on one of the articles (2nd Radaway article, bell hooks, Arvanitaki, or Kraeplin).
Identify the main/central argument of the author
Provide the authors evidence or supporting claims
Approximately 300-400 words – STAY WITHIN THIS WORD COUNT.
Include relevant information about the article (authors name, article title)
Use MLA formatting (in text citations are correct, title, and header)
Avoid giving a chronological play-by-play of the article
Summaries are useful tools to examine an article/text. In this summary you are trying to persuade another reader (friend or family member) to read this article. You do still need to summarize the article, but you can share your personal opinion on the article.
MLA Resource: Purdue Owl (Links to an external site.)
Header – right aligned – your name and page #
Left aligned at the top of your page
Your Last Name
Your Instructor’s Title and Name (just my last name is fine)
Center Your Title (Yes, you need a title!)
Indent your paragraphs .5 inches
Your margins should be 1 inch all the way around
Cite your article: here is an example from Purdue Owl:
Bernstein, Mark. 10 Tips on Writing the Living Web. A List Apart: For People Who Make Websites, 16 Aug. 2002, alistapart.com/article/writeliving. Accessed 4 May 2009.