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Project 1: Summary and Response
Whenever you make an argument in an academic context, you need to be able to engage with what has been said before you entered the scene. Summary, therefore, is a fundamental skill for academic discourse. For this assignment, you will practice this skill by summarizing an argumentative text and responding by making your own argument about the topic.
Assignment Instructions: Should vaccination be required for all children?Haberman, Clyde. “A Discredited Vaccine Study’s Continuing Impact on Public Health.” Practical Argument: A Text and Anthology, edited by Laurie G. Kirszner and Stephen R. Mandell, Bedford St. Martin, 2017, pp. 483-485. (Article is attached).
Keep in mind that you will be writing about the same topic for the rest of the semester, so be sure to choose something you are interested in pursuing in-depth.
2. Read the article closely. As you read, make annotations. Underline key passages and make notes in the margins.
3. Reread the article. This time, as you read, write brief 1-2 sentences summaries of each paragraph or section of the article.
4. Once you have written your mini-summaries, bring these together into a 1-1½ page summary of the article as a whole. Be sure to compare your summary to the original text to make sure you are not misrepresenting the author’s position.
5. Write a 1-1½ page response to the article which states a claim about the topic in relation to the article’s claim. If you agree with the argument made in the article, extend the argument by articulating reasons and evidence (not cited by the author) to support the claim. If you disagree, provide reasons and evidence explaining why you found the claim unconvincing. (Note: this may require you to do some secondary research. Be sure to cite any additional sources you end up using.)
The essay should be in MLA formatting (including in-text citations and a works cited page), double spaced, using 12 point Times New Roman font. The final draft should be 2-3 pages (500-750 words). Upload a complete draft of the essay to the Peer Review Workshop for Project 1 by Friday. After receiving feedback, upload a revised draft to the Project 1 assignment by Wednesday.
Students will utilize a multistage writing process in order to compose an academic essay.
Students will summarize and respond to texts.
“An Introduction to Argument,” “The Four Pillars of Argument,” and “Thinking and Reading Critically” from Practical Argument; Purdue OWL: MLA Formatting and Style Guide
The essay will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
- Does the essay contain a thorough and accurate summary of the assigned text?
- Does the essay have a thesis that states a claim in response to the assigned text?
- Is the thesis supported with logical reasons and reliable evidence?
- Are paragraphs fully developed?
- Do paragraphs transition logically from one to the next?
Style and Mechanics:
- Does the essay adopt a clear and concise prose style?
- Does the essay adhere to the RC Writing Standards and contain few, if any, grammar and punctuation errors?
- Are direct quotations properly integrated into the text of the essay?
- Does the essay adhere to MLA formatting?
- Are all sources cited using in-text citations and a works cited page?