Paragraph Summary Assignment
Due Date: Monday, September 30th (section10)/Tuesday, Oct. 1 (section6)
The purpose of this assignment is to have you experiment with constructing a cohesive, coherent paragraph that utilizes summary both as a strategy of development and a means of engaging the ideas in a text.
Using the example
on p. 484 of the Bedford Handbook as a model, write a paragraph that summarizes
the argument in Jack Solomon's "Masters of Desire." Be sure to include
a topic sentence for your paragraph and write a summation (final) sentence
that helps pull the paragraph as a whole together.
* Follow the suggestions on p. 484-485 of the Handbook, especially the one that advises you to "think big" rather than getting bogged down in details.
* Be sure to mention the author's first name, last name, and the title of the article in your paragraph.
* You might find it helpful to outline the author's argument, paragraph by paragraph, before writing your summary.
* Be sure that your paragraph flows: even though you are dealing with a series of points, don't let your summary simply sound like a list in paragraph form.
* Don't forget that you are summarizing a text: your paragraph is about the article and author, not just the ideas contained in that article.
* Finally, beware of plagiarism. You may use the occasional quote, if you so desire, but make sure the exposition is in your words, not the author's.
The Format & Grading Criteria
should be one paragraph long; you may find yourself wanting to write more
than one paragraph, but you should keep this summary as concise and brief
as possible. Please type it in double-space format, spell-check it, and proof-read
it for grammar and punctuation mistakes. In reading your paragraph, I will
be looking specifically at the quality of writing, especially in terms of
the cohesion and coherence of the paragraph. I also will be looking at the
quality of the summary itself -- how well it demonstrates an understanding
of the issues contained in the text in question and, then, how well it distills
them into a single paragraph. You will receive comments on this assignment,
but not a letter-grade.