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:

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:  

Juanita Student
WR 121, Prof. C. Agatucci
Formal Academic Summary
7 April 2011

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:

Lakoff, Robin Tolmach.  "From Ancient Greece to Iraq, the Power of Words in Wartime."  [New York Times 18 May 2004.]  The McGraw-Hill Reader: Issues across the Disciplines. Ed. Gilbert H. Muller. 11th ed. Boston: McGraw-Hill , 2011. 7-9. Print.

MLA-style bibliographical entry, which must be double spaced & correctly formatted, for Carey:

Carey, Benedict.  "Judging Honesty by Words, Not Fidgets."  [New York Times 12 May 2009.]  The McGraw-Hill Reader: Issues across the Disciplines. Ed. Gilbert H. Muller. 11th ed. Boston: McGraw-Hill , 2011. 9-12. Print.

See also Formal Academic Summary Evaluation Checklist


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