Assignment #1: Summary of a Passage of Academic Writing

ASTU 100 (Mauro)ASTU 100 (Mauro)Target length 400words (maximum)Due Date October 6th in class; 50 minutesValue 10% of your coursegradeTopicWhat role can literature play in promoting social justice? Address this question by writing a 300-400word summary of either Martha Nussbaum’s “Democratic Citizenship and the Narrative Imagination” or Nancy Fraser’s “On Justice.” Follow your summary with a 3-4 sentence statement of your own position. *** A paper copy of the scholarly article you’ll summarize, with gist notes, is permitted.*** You must hand in a tree diagram with your summary, written in your exam booklet.*** Please also submit this assignment sheet with your exam booklet.
GuidelinesWhere to begin?• Read the article in its entirety, taking careful gist notes as you read.• Look up any words that you do not understand. Use a good dictionary.• Make a tree diagram to record levels of generality: high-level abstractions, mid-level concepts, and low-level details. • Decide what to remember and what to forget.• Decide what to quote and what to paraphrase.• Indicate yourposition by carefully choosing your quotes, reporting expressions, and signal verbs.
What to include?Your summary should incorporate the following scholarly moves. These scholarly moves form part of my genre expectations as a reader and evaluator of your work:• Create an original title. It might mention the author’s title or main abstraction, since these will be the main point(s) of your summary• Introduce and frame the scholarly work you are summarizing with a major abstraction or abstractions (main point/big issue). This will provide your reader with a focus for your summary• Include reporting expressions/signal verbs throughout to let your reader know who is speaking. Think carefully about the verbs that you use and how they convey your position in relation to the speaker(s)• Engage a mix of high levels of generality, mid levels of explanation, and low levels of detail to explain the author’s reasoning to your reader• Strike a careful balance between paraphrasing and quoting the speaker(s) directly. o When paraphrasing, remember to substantially change the wording of the original, even while keeping the same gist.o When quoting, remember to “frame” your quote with commentary o When choosing whether to quote or paraphrase, there are no hard and fast rules. Remember that quoting often helps retain the integrity of the author’s ideas, but makes your voice as a summarizer less prominent.• Conclude your summary with three or four sentences that ask your reader to reflect further. o You might stress the larger significance of this excerpt to other researchers, to a specific group (such as educator or parents), or to the general public.o You might raise new research questions, or suggest a new research site for future inquiry.o You might indicate shortcomings or omissions in the original, and how to address them.Name: Assessment D C B AScholarly form. The summary clearly identifies the source text and names the big issue or abstraction that the source addresses. Position. The summarizer’s position in relation to the source is made clear through “signal” verbs, adverbs/adjectives, quote choice/order, and “I”-statements. Summary of “levels”. Low, mid, and high level abstractions are distinguished from each other; the summary omits (forgets) some details in order to emphasize (remember) other, more important ones. Reporting expressions, quotations, paraphrase. The summarizer uses reporting expressions throughout, making it clear who is speaking. Quotations are used when appropriate; paraphrases reword passages in their entirety. Clarity and Accuracy. The writing is clear, comprehensible, addressed to the right audience, and reasonably error-free. Rough work (levels diagram/gist notes) were handed in, and reflect an attempt to identify different levels of abstraction Grade:

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