As you learned in this week’s lecture, academic writing can be thought of as a conversation. (Remember Burke’s metaphor of the parlor?) After reading the assigned articles from Ch. 14, how would you describe the conversation of ideas these articles are a part of? What is the subject of this “parlor”? If you were to make a contribution to this conversation, what you say? In other words, why are all of these articles grouped together in one section of our text? What do they have in common?
Should be at least 250 words, and should include in-text citations for any quoted or paraphrased material.
For all references, use an appropriate form of documentation (MLA, APA, or another standard academic style discussed in Easy Writer.)
Your essay should include those elements of summary that Greene and Lidinsky recommend:
the context (why the article was written) of the article
a clear statement of what you feel to be the main purpose of the article
a description of the key points made in the article
1-2 relevant examples (direct quotations or paraphrases) from the article
As no summary is neutral, you must weave an analytical thread throughout your summary that suggests to the reader your judgment of the value of the article. You might consider including:
examine how well the article appeals to its intended audience
evaluate the author’s use of evidence
identify the author’s purpose or motivation for writing
point out the gaps and flaws in the article’s argument (if any)
Do not attempt to summarize every last detail of the article. Instead, focus on the main ideas of the article and your analysis of the how well the article supports its points.
Because an analysis is your perspective, it is appropriate to use “I” in this essay. However, do use “I” sparingly — your focus should be on analyzing the article, not on simply stating your own beliefs.
Length/Due Date: approximately 750 words, due Sun. 23 June Noon 12PM.
Style/Format: This, as all essays in EN106, should be formatted in a standard scholarly format. (Most students follow APA guidelines, which are outlined in Easy Writer.) No matter what format you follow, be sure to do the following:
Use 12 point, Times New Roman font, double-spaced.
Use 1-inch margins top, bottom, and sides.
Although no cover page is needed, you should include your name, my name, the course number/title, and date at the upper left-hand corner of the manuscript.
References: Must quote or paraphrase the article you are analyzing. Each time you quote or para. the article, include in-text citations that follow APA style.
File format: Please submit your essay as a .doc or .docx file.
Works Cited/References: Create an appropriate bibliography, with one entry for the article you are analyzing. Use Easy Writer to learn how to format a end-of-text citation for a work in an anthology or selection in a book with an editor.
Titles: Include a descriptive title at the beginning of your essay that tips your readers off to your central message. Do not format your title with quotation marks, boldface, underlining or italics. Quotation marks or underlining are only appropriate if the title borrows words from another source.