Formal Academic Summary Directions
Spring 2011 WR 121 Handout - Prof. Cora Agatucci
1. Assignment Topic: Write your Formal Academic Summary on one of the following essays:
Robin Tolmach Lakoff, "From Ancient Greece to Iraq, the Power of Words in Wartime" (in Muller pp. 7-9)
Benedict Carey, "Judging Honesty by Words, Not Fidgets" (in Muller pp. 9-12)
Mortimer J. Adler, "How to Mark a Book" (in Muller pp.13-16)
2. Assignment Length: No longer than 1 word-processed and double spaced page using standard margins, fonts & point sizes--e.g. Times New Roman 12 point or Arial 10 point or Calibri 12 point. NOTE: Grade penalty will be exacted IF Formal Academic Summary, including required MLA style header and double-spaced correctly formatted MLA-style bibliographical entry, exceeds length limit of one (1) double-spaced page.
3. Assignment Genre and Manuscript Form Requirements: Review Cora's Example Formal Academic Summary, including these features:
WR 121, Prof. C. Agatucci
Formal Academic Summary
7 April 2011
Adler, Mortimer J. "How to Mark a Book." The McGraw-Hill Reader: Issues across the Disciplines. Ed. Gilbert H. Muller. 11th ed. Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2011. 13-16. Print.
--your summary must be double spaced and formatted as one single paragraph.
--the first sentence/s of your summary paragraph should:
--your summary paragraph should integrate occasional author tags and use appropriate active verbs, but do NOT refer to an author by first name only in formal academic writing (instead refer to author/s by last name/s, full name/s, title + last name/s, appropriate synonym or clear pronoun reference:
According to Lakoff, in Lakoff’s
opinion, Robin Tolmach Lakoff claims that . . .
Carey states, Lakoff asserts, Adler contends, asks, observes, maintains, explains, questions, objects . . .
Adler points out, Carey compares, Lakoff contrasts, confirms, calls for, denies, concedes, counters . . .
The author believes, emphasizes, supports, argues, affirms, contends, counters . . .
4. Assignment Content & Coherence Requirements:
5. Assignment Clarity & Correctness of Written Expression will also be considered in grading, so please proofread and edit your final draft carefully before submitting for grading.
MLA-style bibliographical entry, which must be double spaced & correctly formatted, for Lakoff:
MLA-style bibliographical entry, which must be double spaced & correctly formatted, for Carey:
See also Formal Academic Summary Evaluation Checklist
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